Safe Zone trainings are one of the best places to start learning about all things LGBTQ+, but they are just that: the start.
We hope that you find the Safe Zone Project to be a helpful resource in creating LGBTQ+/Ally trainings and workshops, but we are by no means the only helpful resource on the web. Below is a collection of links to some of our favorite sites and projects. If you have a suggestion for this list, send it our way on Facebook or Twitter and we might add it it to the page!
If after you’ve participated in a Safe Zone training you want to dig in a little deeper, we’ve got you covered. In alphabetical order…
- Asexual Visibility and Education Network — www.asexuality.org — “The world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.”
- Answer — http://answer.rutgers.edu/page/training — A sex education resource aimed at providing high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals. Includes online workshops, webinars, and other resources about LGBTQ inclusive/sensitive sex ed and more.
- Bitch Magazine — www.bitchmagazine.org — “Provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.”
- Bisexual.org — www.bisexual.org — “A voice to the bisexual community, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.”
- Everyday Feminism — www.everydayfeminism.com — “Learn how to heal from and stand up to everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization,” with plenty of articles about class, gender, LGBTQIA issues, and race.
- Get Real — www.getrealeducation.org — “Comprehensive Sex Education That Works.”
- It’s Pronounced Metrosexual — www.itspronouncedmetrosexual.com — an online resource educating on issues of identity, sexuality, gender, privilege, and oppression, but in a fun, approachable way (by Safe Zone Project co-creator, Sam Killermann).
- Salacious — www.salaciousmagazine.com — “A Queer Feminist Sex Magazine”
- Soul Force – http://soulforce.org/ – Family that travels and does speaking events, have a ton of materials on their site, and do an “equality ride” (super cool), all from a Christian perspective
- TransWhat? — www.transwhat.org — “A Guide Towards [Trans] Allyship”
- We Are The Youth — www.wearetheyouth.org — “Sharing stories of LGBTQ youth in the United States.”
Blogs, articles, books, and more — a huge list of written words you could spend a good chunk of the rest of your life reading.
Articles & Blog Posts
- 15+ Fantastic Resources for Talking about Homosexuality and The Bible
- 17 Lies We Need to Stop Telling Girls About Sex
- 17 Lies We Need to Stop Telling Boys About Sex
- 30+ Examples of Christian Privilege
- 30+ Examples of Cisgender Privilege
- 30+ Examples of Heterosexual Privilege in the US
- 30+ Examples of Male Privilege
- 30+ Examples of Middle-to-Upper Class Privilege
- 5 Reasons Why So Many People Believe Feminism Hates Men and Why They’re Not True
- Anti-Oppression and the Fight for LGBTQ Equality
- Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums
- Butch, Please
- Everyone is Gay
- GLSEN Think B4 You Speak
- Leading Effective Classroom Discussions on Controversial Topics
- Meg Allen’s “Butch” photo project
- NPR’s Men In America series
- On Trans* Safety in Public Bathrooms
- The Parents Project
- Scoop.It Gender and Education
- What does the asterisk in “trans*” stand for?
- What I Be
- Words we Don’t Use
Videos that are helpful, insightful, educational, and otherwise noteworthy.
- “Do I Sound Gay?” Documentary
- The Mask We Live In Documentary
- SEX+ A Frank Video Series About Sexuality with Laci Green Youtube Channel
Consider these orgs and projects to have the SZP-check-mark-of-approval. We strongly encourage you give them your support — whether that’s in time, donations, or just spreading awareness.
- GLAAD — www.glaad.org — Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “GLAAD works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.”
- GLSEN — www.glsen.org — Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. “Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.”
- Forge — http://forge-forward.org/ is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). They have recorded webinars on many different issues related to trans* individuals and SOFFAs.
- It Gets Better Project — www.itgetsbetter.org — “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — http://www.thetaskforce.org/ — “The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up.” They also run Creating Change the “largest annual gathering of LGBTQ activists, organizers, and leaders within the LGBT movement” in the US.
- National Center for Transgender Equality — https://transequality.org/ — “The nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.”
- The “Not All Like That” (NALT) Project – http://notalllikethat.org – videos of (awesome) Christians (mostly families) explaining how they fully support LGBTQ people and that being Christian shouldn’t mean being anti-gay.
- Religious Institute — http://www.religiousinstitute.org — “A multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.”
- PFLAG —www.pflag.org — “Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBT People to Move Equality Forward.”
- Transgender Law Center — https://transgenderlawcenter.org/ — “The largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.”
- The Trevor Project — www.thetrevorproject.org — “Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.”
Bite-sized learning that fits on an 8.5 by 11 inch canvas, and can do some good hanging on a bulletin board or in someone’s hand.
- Queer Umbrella Handout
- What to do When Someone Comes Out of the Closet Handout
- LGBTQ+ Language DOs and DON’Ts Handout
- Genderbread Person v4.1 Activity
A collection of resources for the people in the front of the room during Safe Zone, LGBTQ+, and other gender/sexuality trainings.
- All Star Facilitator Series right here at The Safe Zone Project
- Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation: 11 Key Concepts You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know
- A Guide to Facilitation (forthcoming from us!)
- Facilitating.XYZ: A Free Online Resource for All Facilitators (a project that is under way, also by us)
- FacilitationXYZ LIVE: Interviews with Facilitators About Facilitation series Youtube Channel
- The Myth of Learning Styles TedxTalk