Take Action as an Ally!
Allies Safe Zone Program: Safe Zone members are identified by this sign that they hang on their office door or living space, or by other Safe Zone visual indicators, and are trained to be better allies to LGBTQIA+ students. Members agree that they work to provide a personal space that is free from homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia while serving as a resource to LGBTQIA+ and allied students. All students, staff, and faculty are eligible to join. “This is a safe place to talk about LGBTQIA+ and heterosexual issues and concerns.”
Ten ways to become an ally:
- Be a listener.
- Be willing to talk.
- Be inclusive and invite LGBTQIA+ friends to hang out with your friends and family.
- Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
- Homophobic comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
- Confront your own prejudices and homophobia, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
- Defend your LGBTQIA+ friends against discrimination.
- Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
- If you see LGBTQIA+ people being misrepresented in the media, contact the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at glaad.org.
Ways you can take action at UIS:
- Become a Safe Zone member.
- Join InQUEERy (Get a scholarship!)
- Stand up for LGBTQIA+ friends and associates
- Be active in speaking about being a LGBTQIA+ ally
- Come show support at any LGBTQIA+ sponsored event
- Take the LGBTQ & Allies Peer education class