SafeZone offers support; inactive on campus

Reaching out and talking to people on whom you can count is a luxury not everyone shares. For years the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities have been subjected to discrimination and hate.

People who are willing to support these communities can be trained to listen as a part of the nationwide SafeZone program.

The SafeZone program offers a place for the LGBT community to feel safe and have a place to discuss issue openly without the fear of discrimination.

For at a time Laramie County Community College had a SafeZone program with certified members, but because of multiple personnel changes the program is no longer active.

SafeZones are universally identified by the official logo, which is a pink triangle surrounded by a green circle, an international symbol of peace and acceptance.

To display this logo and to become a SafeZone advocate, participants must be open and supportive to the needs of the LGBT community and willing to learn about the issues. They are then required to undergo training and earn certification.

A place with the SafeZone logo says they are trustworthy and supportive and will not tolerate any homophobic or heterosexist comments.

SafeZone programs exist all over the nation, most at universities, including the University of Wyoming, which offers training to both students and community members.

While LCCC’s SafeZone program is no longer active, the Across All Lines Club is ready to help anyone seeking guidance or a person to talk to.

University of Wyoming: SafeZone