What does the + in LGBTQ+ stand for?

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.

Do you offer refunds?

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 »

Does my course registration ever expire?

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.

How will I access the course materials?

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.

When will I be able to access the course?

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.

Are all transgender people gay?

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 »

Did you make up all these activities?

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 »

What is the difference between a 101 and a 201 activity?

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 »

Group Norms

Set your training up for success by beginning with shared group expectations.

Can I submit my own project?

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!

When are applications due?

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.

How are project interns selected?

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.

Who funds the Safe Zone Project?

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 »

Where is The Safe Zone Project located?

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).

Are Safe Zone trainings just for universities?

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 »

To 2016…and Beyond!

This year we got to do a lot of awesome things, w/ some awesome people. Here’s to another great year!

First Impressions of LGBTQ People

An activity that will provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their first understandings and assumptions of LGBTQ individuals.

Privilege for Sale

This activity helps participant investigate privilege by inviting them to identify what privileges they find personally important.

Compassionate Curiosity

How a style of question asking and digging in for more information can bring your workshop to new heights

Play with us! Expiring soon!

Being a social justice educator – you often only get one shot to make an impact – help us make the most of those opportunities and get published on this site and save the world with us!

Ace Inclusivity

A lecture to help participants become more aware of and sensitive to asexuality.


An opportunity for participants to work through how they would handle particular situations regarding gender, sexuality and LGBTQ issues.

Anonymous Q&A

This activity creates the opportunity to for participants to ask what they are most interested in with anonymity.

Identity Time

An activity that provokes reflection on the different aspects of your life that would be altered if you identified with a different sexuality or gender identity.

Identity Signs

This activity focuses on what are our salient identities in particular circumstances. How do our different identities intersect, interact, and affect our daily lives.

Changing Perspective

This tiny activity demonstrates how changing your perspective can make something look completely different!