Our Birthday Non-Update: A Conversation with SZP Co-Creators Meg & Sam
Why we’re not releasing a bunch of new stuff this summer like we have for the past several years.
Why we’re not releasing a bunch of new stuff this summer like we have for the past several years.
We didn’t want to get in our own way, and we decided to focus on creating a(nother) free online resource and supporting from afar instead of flying everywhere.
There are so many more marginalized/diverse gender and sexuality identities beyond LGBTQ. Which is why you might see longer acronyms used. Rather than continue to add letters (and make an unwieldy thing) the + is often added to the end of an acronym to indicate this expansive list of gender/sexuality identities.
A handy lil e-book that demystifies LGBTQ+ terminology
A step-by-step, activity-by-activity walkthrough to plan, prepare, and run a two-day train-the-trainer retreat.
Few different ways. (1) Reach out to universities/colleges in your local area to see if they offer Safe Zone training. They may also call it ally training, safer spaces training, or a myriad of other names. When you reach out describe what you’re looking for, i.e. “a foundational LGBTQ+ inclusion workshop” rather than a specific… Read more »
Our courses and standard tuition options are generally designed for individuals who do not have access to in-person learning and professional development. That said, we are thrilled to do what we can to support your group in learning. We have several options available for folks looking to enroll a group of people (e.g., a university… Read more »
It’s awesome that you want folks who visit your website to know that you’re LGBTQ+ friendly. However, to us, Safe Zone stickers imply that you went through some sort of training (which is why ours say “Safe Zone Trained”). Many folks want to put Safe Zone trained stickers on their website so they can visually… Read more »
Yes! We have a Spanish translation of our Foundational curriculum. We will be releasing it on the site soon but in the meantime, if you want to join our group of beta testers please send us a request at [email protected] and we’ll send you a copy!
An academy for aspiring Safe Zone facilitators and a bunch of tools and resources for training trainers coming your way
Are you here to lead a Safe Zone initiative in your community? To roll out a program that create opportunities to learn about sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ identities? You, friend, have come to the right place. Creating a Safe Zone program involves a lot of work, but it’s well within the scope of what a… Read more »
That’s entirely up to you. In our Self-Guided Foundational Safe Zone Training, for example, we have enough material, prompts, and exercises to keep you occupied for several days of intense learning. Or you could complete it in 2 – 3 hours. Because our courses are self-guided, you determine how long they’ll take. Some of our activities… Read more »
You can start learning online today with our first course, and we’ll be releasing more in the coming weeks.
Your Profile, including courses you are enrolled in and your other details.
Yep! It’s important for us that our courses are offered in the spirit of the gift, and that you’re grateful with what you’ve received. If you’re not, we want to make it right. If you enroll in a course and aren’t satisfied, simply fill out this form to request a full or partial refund. We’ll process… Read more »
🙂 If you want to pay for the course, but can’t (or don’t want to) pay the standard tuition, we have a few options for you: You can sign up for the course under the “full scholarship” option and make a donation of whatever amount you chose using this link. You can sign up… Read more »
Nope! Once you register you’ve got “lifetime access” which means you can access the course indefinitely (as long as the Safe Zone Project, and our online courses, exist). Bonus: whenever we improve/update/add to the course, your materials will be automatically updated and added to.
Right on this website. You can complete the course and never leave this website or need to download anything. There are options to add some materials to your Google Drive, or to print them if you prefer, but that’s all optional and you can do everything right here.
Immediately! As soon as you enroll in the course, you’ll be able to jump right in. All the course material is all right there at your disposal for you to work through at any speed you like.
Because you want to. Because you’re able to. Because you want to support us! Because it feels good to pay for quality things you care about and you have the means to do so. Because you really got something out of our website and this is a mechanism that allows you to give back. Or… Read more »
Here are four, of so-many-more-we-could-list, reasons. At an in-person training, you have the chance to… Meet other people in your community who are interested in learning more about gender and sexuality. While workshops and trainings are awesome they often are just the start of the conversation and it’s great to have folks you’re already connected… Read more »
Few things on this one. If you ask someone “how do you identify?” they may not really understand what you’re asking so it’s important first to clarify (for yourself) what do you mean and then why are you asking that question? If you’re asking someone “do you identify as a man or a woman” so… Read more »
Nope! It’s easy to get this confused, particularly because T is included in the LGBTQ+ acronym (T standing for “Transgender”). The key is to remember that transgender is referring to someone’s gender identity and not their sexuality orientation. Transgender people can be gay, straight, pansexual, queer, asexual, or any other sexual orientation (just like cisgender… Read more »
A constantly updating list of LGBTQ+ related terminology.
Because we know this conversation needs to keep going.
S.T.A.R.L.A.B. is an academy for aspiring Safe Zone Facilitators. Soon, we’ll be sending out invites to recruit our first Cohort of Cadets. You can read about that in our announcement post on our blog, or sign up using the button below to get an email from us when there’s an opening.
The Safe Zone Train-the-Trainer Toolkit is an in-development set of resources is for individuals and organizations hoping to roll out Safe Zone programs in their community. In 2018, we stopped facilitating Train-the-Trainers (TTTs) as a service, and started working on putting all of the lessons we learned, the best practices we discovered, and the activities… Read more »
Anyway that you’d like! Honestly we don’t mind, feel free to just cite the website name, cite our names, don’t cite us at all, whatever works best for you.
Our gifts to you: new website, curriculum, online LGBTQ+ courses, S.T.A.R.L.A.B., and Train-the-Trainer Clearinghouse
Email us! Seriously. We create everything on this website so that people have better resources, and if you’re looking for a resource likely someone else is too! So let us know what you need, we’d love to hear from you.
Nope! Much of the content and structure of these activities exists in what we think of as “the commons,” or the collective knowledge and wisdom of educators who have been doing gender and sexuality education/activism for a long time. Most of the activities exist out there already in multiple iterations and variations, and we (Meg… Read more »
A 101 activity is one where the participants/learners do not need any prior knowledge in order for the activity to go well and for them to learn/get something out of the activity. However, those with prior knowledge will still likely benefit! On the other hand, a 201 activity requires some prior familiarity with the topic… Read more »
This combo activity invites participants to deeply engage with privilege and segues into a conversation about the coming out process.
A mini explanation of queer, LGBTQ. A useful place to start helping folks separate genders from sexualities.
Set your training up for success by beginning with shared group expectations.
Foundational LGBTQ+ understanding & inclusion — online, at your pace
Yes, it 100% is. And there are no catches. For serious. We get it. The way we do things is a little, well, different. A lot of people have grown to expect curriculum to cost hundreds of dollars to use, and to come with a lot of caveats, usage restrictions, and hoops to jump through. A lot… Read more »
Google! We’re not being snarky, either. We suggest searching [Your Town/City/Region Name] + “Safe Zone LGBTQ Trainings” and seeing what comes up. Even if the training isn’t called “Safe Zone,” (and they often won’t be) you’ll likely find something that will scratch a similar itch. If that doesn’t work, reach out to any local LGBTQ+… Read more »
Our curriculum is used by a whole lot of educators (over 25,000 in over 100 countries at last check), but it is definitely not the only “Safe Zone” curriculum out there. Nor was our curriculum the first “Safe Zone” curriculum. Tons of schools and organizations offer “Safe Zone” trainings that are dissimilar, and have existed… Read more »
Heck. Yes. Our curricula, activities, and resources are all uncopyrighted, and reasons like this are WHY THAT IS SO EXCITING FOR US. So you have our permission 100%. Here’s one word of caution: people often think they need to customize our Foundational Curriculum for a ton of reasons (their group is more “advanced,” or older, or… Read more »
Safe Zone Project Courses are online trainings for self-directed learners to engage with concepts related to Gender, Sexuality, LGBTQ+ Identities, and Facilitation.
Following are the Terms of Service for using the Safe Zone Project. OVERVIEW This website is operated by The Safe Zone Project. Throughout the site, the terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to The Safe Zone Project. The Safe Zone Project offers this website, including all information, tools and services available from this site to… Read more »
Just to make sure, you’re choosing to not receive email updates with improvements to the curriculum in the future. (No? Click here to get curriculum update emails) Generally speaking, we hate email more than the average bear. That said, we strongly encourage people to sign up for this particular list because there’s no other way we… Read more »
Everything you need to know, from the number of participants to where to place their chairs.
A few different timelines we suggest for the Foundational Curriculum, as well as some notes on how to create your own.
Are you here to teach about sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ identities? You, friend, have come to the right place. For several years, we’ve been creating materials here with you in mind. As a quick note up front: everything here is offered to you in the spirit of the gift. That means that it’s yours to… Read more »
Are you looking to learn about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities? You, friend, have come to the right place. Thankfully, the internet has provided a lot of outlets for LGBTQ+ education. Unthankfully, when you’re googling around it’s sometimes hard to sort out the accurate from the misleading, the positive from the stigmatizing,… Read more »
Are you looking for help, or looking to help? In either case, we’re ready.
Tips for how-to, when, and how-not-to ask for someone’s pronouns.
Nope. Our curriculum is evidence-informed, but not evidence-based. Here’s why: We tweak the curriculum several times a year based on changes in culture, research, and feedback from facilitators. We overhaul the curriculum every year (including frequent substantive changes to the structure, or replacing activities) Our curriculum is used in over 100 countries in more capacities… Read more »
Moving from one general internship to two: Seasonal Interns & Project Interns
Absolutely! If you have a specific project that you’d like to do for The Safe Zone Project, email us at [email protected] — we’d love to hear about it and if it’s a good fit, support you in doing it!
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. When someone applies for a project we review their application and get back to them about next steps. We do our best to get back to folks within 2 weeks of submitting their application.
Intentionally. All applications are reviewed personally by Meg & Sam. Beyond meeting the minimum requirements for that specific project, we consider an intern’s passion for the project, ability to commit to the project, and ensure we’d be a good match to supporting them in completing the project.
Complete a specific project that will meaningfully contribute to The Safe Zone Project, expanding the resources available to everyone who accesses this site.
The Seasonal Intern role is more of your general internship experience: help us with core tasks that will keep improving the Safe Zone Project, and spend some of your time on a personal project to leave a lasting impact. Apply to be a Seasonal Intern Seasonal Internship Terms We have three internships terms throughout the… Read more »
Jess is from East Tennessee and would love to facilitate a Safe Zone training for Seth MacFarlane
The SZP team is looking to bring on a spring intern!
Sometimes you don’t have time for a full activity or training, but still want to get some LGBTQ+ awareness or education accomplished. Enter handouts & edugraphics. We’ve developed these little puppies in response to asks from folks using our curriculum, or clients from train-the-trainers. If you have an idea for a handout you’d like us… Read more »
Started in 2017, the SZP Internship Program was designed to create an opportunity for up-and-coming LGBTQ+ equality advocates and educators to get insight into the field, and hands-on training, and invaluable experience to apply to their future endeavors. The SZP Interns help with everyday operations, website and content improvements, outreach efforts, content development and upkeep,… Read more »
The Safe Zone Project is volunteer-run labor of love by Meg and Sam. We do the content creation, website design, coding, graphic design, writing, and communications (and other things we forgot to list here) all on a volunteer basis. Funds to support the operations and content on the site come from gifts and donations (from… Read more »
On the internet! Really though, we don’t have a physical headquarters. Meg lives in Seattle, WA and Sam lives in Austin, TX the vast majority of the work happens through using online communication and collaboration tools (here’s to you Google Drive).
Adding a little silver lining to the storm cloud that is 2017.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are generally due two weeks before the intended internship term begins (e.g., Fall Term applications are due August 15th, two weeks before September 1). We’ll announce deadlines for each term on our blog, particularly if the deadline falls outside of this rule.
Thoughtfully! All applications are reviewed by Meg & Sam personally. Beyond meeting the minimum requirements, the following criteria are considered: in what unique ways will this person complement our team, how well does their intern project mesh with our abilities to provide guidance and a platform, and what special skills or gifts do they have… Read more »
No. Generally speaking, this is an unpaid, volunteer internship. We’re happy to work with interns to receive college credit, and if an intern facilitates or co-facilitates a training for which the SZP is gifted money, the intern is paid the same as any other facilitator.
Meet the people bringing you this LGBTQ+ goodness
Sam Killermann is a multi-disciplinary artist who puts his gifts to work to achieve global justice as the Director of Creativity for hues. Sam is also the person behind It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, the comedy show performed at colleges and universities, as well as the online resource, which has educated millions of readers on themes of… Read more »
Hey! I’m Meg and I’m a social justice facilitator, educator, and writer. I am one of the co-creators of The Safe Zone Project. Safe Zone trainings are near and dear to my heart both as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and as the place I started facilitating social justice. I’m a huge facilitation geek…. Read more »
It would create a problematic power relationship, add to a specific problem we’re trying to solve, and is simply beyond our capacity.
Our foundational curriculum is recommended for all groups to introduce them to core concepts of marginalized genders and sexualities
Awesome! It often takes just one dedicated person to start offering these trainings to a whole new population. We are currently developing an online program for individuals who want to become Safe Zone trainers (like yourself) called Starlab (sign up here to get on the list for future cohorts!) Also, know that there is no formal barrier… Read more »
Nope! Not just for universities. While Safe Zone programs are concentrated in higher education (and often at four-year universities in particular), there are organizations in all different fields who have and are starting Safe Zone programs. There are Safe Zone programs and folks conducting Safe Zone workshops in: Hospitals & medical schools Small local non-profits… Read more »
It’s birthday #3 and we’ve got a new 3.0 curriculum to match!
Creating an opportunity for people to ask the questions they’re afraid to ask — with less risk.
A handout (and handy activity) for demystifying coming out as well as some easy do and don’ts when it comes to supporting someone’s coming out process.
No, Sometimes, and Yes. For many people (especially those who are younger, or in more urban areas) queer is a word of pride and the best way to “umbrella” diverse sexualities and genders. For some, queer is considered a “bad word” (i.e., a slur) in some contexts, and okay in others (e.g., who is saying it,… Read more »
Depends. The material covered in Safe Zone trainings evolves over time — at least, it should. If you’re doing a Safe Zone where the material hasn’t been updated in years, it’s at best out of date, at worst harmfully inaccurate. And tons of folks do trainings using the “Safe Zone” moniker that include very different activities and… Read more »
Nope! We actually don’t offer certifications anyhow, so you can’t be certified by us. Our curriculum is provided here for your use — no strings attached.
Yes yes yes! Please do. Everything is uncopyrighted, and we did that for YOU. No need to ask permission, but we would appreciate you sharing back anything cool you make, so we can spread the word.
Nope. Just to clarify there is no “right” or “wrong” way to run a Safe Zone workshop, we just think there are “better” or “more effective” ways to go about getting the information out there and meeting your goals. Our curriculum is what we think is the bestest and most effective way to accomplish our… Read more »
Great question. First off – you’ve come to a great place to start! You’ve got few things to take into consideration. What are your goals for the program? Who do you want to train and how many individuals would that be? How can you access some (don’t need much) funding? Can you do this without… Read more »
As you may have noticed, on the site and in our curriculum we tend to use the acronym LGBTQ+ when referring to the queer community. Is this the right acronym to use? No, there really isn’t a “right” one — they all have their pros and cons. This is just the one we feel has… Read more »
The term transgender is often used as an umbrella term for many other terms that indicate an individual is not cisgender. We use the word trans* throughout this site to indicate this umbrella term-y-ness and as an inclusive way to indicate a variety of non-cisgender identities in one simple term. We pronounce this term simply… Read more »
Yes! One of our goals for this project is to turn it into the go-to resource online for sexuality and gender education activities, so we’d like to add as many as possible. If you have a great activity we don’t already have on the site, drop us a line. No guarantees we’ll add it, and… Read more »
Our Foundational Curriculum is a designed to create a Safe Zone 101 overview workshop. We recommend this workshop for all audiences – gay, straight, queer, allied, and anywhere in between (or outside) those categories. While some of it may be old information for some, we believe that everyone, no matter their knowledge level, will get… Read more »
Greetings! You’re [hopefully] a BGCA-affiliated person who is hoping to make the club more inclusive of kids of all genders and sexualities. Great! We’re a non-officially-BGCA-affiliated organization who is doing everything we can to help. Let us know if there’s anything else you need, and use anything on this page (or this site) to keep… Read more »
Meet the newest member of the Safe Zone Project toolbox – Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation
Safe Zone trainings are opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. An example of a Safe Zone Trained sticker often given to participants upon completing the training You may have seen a sticker or sign that says “Safe Zone” or “Safe Zone Trained.” These visual indicators can… Read more »
Activity for participants to reflect on their early lessons and impressions of trans* people and identity.
Have you ever been in a training and marveled at how quickly the time flew by? Genuinely enjoyed a meeting you were expecting to dread? Learned something powerful about a topic you thought wouldn’t engage you? Experienced an intimate, vulnerable, transformative moment with a group of total strangers? Then you’ve witnessed the magic of facilitation…. Read more »
The world keeps changing and so do the words that we use to describe it.
This year we got to do a lot of awesome things, w/ some awesome people. Here’s to another great year!
We think the SZP is neat. And we want to bring you another awesome free resource website, but we need your help! That’s why we’ve launched our kickstarter today!
We spend a lot of time talking about and working on gender and sexuality inclusion and education. If there is something you think we could uniquely help with, please feel free to let us know. Have a question for us about our consulting services? Email us at yo [at] thesafezoneproject [dot] com.
The Safe Zone Project Team (Meg & Sam) are no longer offering train-the-trainer visits. However, we are no less excited to help you get your Safe Zone program off the ground please read below to learn more! We are incredibly passionate about ensuring that people who want to start a safe zone program in their… Read more »
This activity focuses in on the essential vocabulary and LGBTQ terminology relating to gender and sexuality.
We thought our ready-to-rock curriculum was a solid start. This is even better.
Getting started with your curriculum is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
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