A step-by-step, activity-by-activity walkthrough to plan, prepare, and run a two-day train-the-trainer retreat.
An academy for aspiring Safe Zone facilitators and a bunch of tools and resources for training trainers coming your way
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.
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 »
Because we know this conversation needs to keep going.
Our gifts to you: new website, curriculum, online LGBTQ+ courses, S.T.A.R.L.A.B., and Train-the-Trainer Clearinghouse
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
It would create a problematic power relationship, add to a specific problem we’re trying to solve, and is simply beyond our capacity.
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 »
This activity focuses in on the essential vocabulary and LGBTQ terminology relating to gender and sexuality.
Highlighting the pervasiveness of stereotypes, as well as their inability to accurately tell individuals’ stories
An activity to get to know common (and some less common) LGBTQ related vocabulary!
You’re probably thinking “Oh no! I didn’t get The Safe Zone Project a present.” Awkward. We know. But we were prepared.
If you’re looking for a few ways to up your facilitation game, look no further.
How to redirect a someone in a social justice conversation without shutting them down
The importance of responding to the group’s needs, checking in with individual members, and how to pick up what they’re putting down
Responding to the request to speak on behalf of all [blank] people
The importance of putting your personal spin on any curriculum you facilitate
Exploring the concept of identity from an important perspective: when it matters more, and when it goes unnoticed
A few suggestions for small improvements and additions (but an overall major thumbs up!) to a great Buzzfeed article about trans* people.
Become a Safe Zone All-Star!
An experiment in empathizing with a hypothetical person’s experiences, struggles, and setbacks with the lifelong process that is coming out.
Between It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, Gamers Against Bigotry, and A Guide to Gender, Sam has his hand in a lot of pots. Here he explains why he added this one to the stovetop.
Using the Genderbread Person as a guide, the activity leads participants to understand the important difference between gender, sex, and sexual orientation.
We’ll be here sooner than you know it. Stay tuned!