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SUNY SULLIVAN SAFE ZONE

 

Thank you for visiting the webpage of SUNY Sullivan SafeZone. This page is intended as a resource for information related to SafeZone topics. Please browse the content presented here, and that of the links posted for your further consideration.

When you have questions, concerns, or needs you would like to discuss with someone personally, we encourage you to seek out one of the trained SUNY Sullivan staff or faculty SafeZone representatives. SafeZone members can be identified by the triangular, rainbow SafeZone logo displayed on their office door. This year, faculty and staff SafeZone allies include:

Debra Lewkiewicz, Amy Porter, Angela Brice, Rich Arnold, Chris Kubis, Beth Murry, Sharon Sand, Lisa Lindquist, Lisa Caloro, Cindy Linden, Sara Thompson-Tweedy, Shirley Sinacore, Beverly Moore, Susan Rogers, Adrianna Greco, Cara Shulman, Seth Lazaro, Cutis Arena, Paul Reifenheiser and James Goldfarb

SafeZone is a voluntary program in many American colleges and universities that is designed to promote a campus climate that is free from prejudice and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Participants in our program at SUNY Sullivan display our SafeZone logo (for example on an office door) to show that they are active allies of LGBTQ persons in our community. They make themselves privately available as knowledgeable, confidential and sympathetic listeners to individuals in our college community who might feel isolated, threatened, or misunderstood, or who might be seeking to find out more about themselves and their sexual identity.

SUNY SULLIVAN SAFE ZONE MISSION:

To work to create a campus culture of diversity that fosters the growth and acceptance of all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In particular, the SafeZone provides identifiable spaces for confidential support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning individuals who come to SUNY Sullivan to work or study.

Where you see the pink triangle logo of our SafeZone displayed in various offices and spaces around campus, you will find a SafeZone member who is dedicated to listening to your concerns and providing personal advocacy. SafeZone members have been trained to be familiar with many of the issues that LGBTQ persons may be facing. We are dedicated to working together to build a campus climate that is free of bigotry and homophobia, where all students can work without fear of social discrimination, harassment, or bullying.

FREQUENTLY ASKED SAFE ZONE QUESTIONS:

Q: Is SafeZone a LGBTQ club?
A: No, SafeZone is not a campus club, and is separate from the GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) and does not have a social or recreational organization or function. GSA members can, along with anybody else, become allies of the Safe Zone, and are of course welcome.

Q: What does it mean if I see a SafeZone logo displayed?
A: The SUNY Sullivan SafeZone logo provides a message to members of the GLBTQ community (including students, faculty, and staff) that the person displaying the logo is a person who has decided to be an active and visible ally, can be trusted to maintain confidentiality, and will respond to the individual with understanding, support, and empathy. SafeZone allies are students, faculty, and staff who seek to promote the understanding and acceptance of alternative life styles to reduce homophobia and heterosexism by creating "safe" places where bigotry and discrimination will not be tolerated. If a GLBT individual wants help, advice, or just someone with whom they can talk, they can expect to be met with openness and respect in areas displaying the Safe Zone logo.

Q: Who can be a member of SafeZone?
A: Anyone who is interested and willing to be an ally can join: faculty, students, administration and support staff and community members.

Q: Do I have to be gay to join SafeZone?
A: Displaying the SafeZone symbol does NOT mean that you are GLBT, or that you will participate in any GLBT-related activities.

Q: What do SafeZone members do?
A: SafeZone is a voluntary organization whose members receive no payment. SafeZone members agree to be available to GLBT individuals, and work as an ally of these individuals. SafeZone members agree to maintain confidentiality at work and comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and do not assume heterosexuality.

Q:How do I join SafeZone?
A: Contact a listed SafeZone member to get more information about the next SafeZone meeting and/or training opportunity.

SUNY SULLIVAN SAFEZONE APPROVED RESOURCE LINKS:

 

GALA CATSKILLS (GAY AND LESBIAN ALLIANCE OF THE CATSKILLS)
The mission of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills (GALA) is to harness the resources of the GLBT community and the good will of its friends and supporters in the region to engage in an array of philanthropic activities that include public information, cultural support, fund raising, and grant making to other non-profit and community organizations.

UPPER DELAWARE GLBT CENTER
Serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the Upper Delaware Region.

OUT IN THE CATSKILLS
Welcome to Out In The Catskills, the website designed to help the gay/lesbian traveler find the best of what the Sullivan County Catskills has to offer! On this site you will find our recommendations for gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses and services. You'll also find information to make your Catskills getaway a fun and memorable one.

LGBT DIRECTORY OF SERVICES & RESOURCES (NYC Metro Area)

THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

IT GETS BETTER PROJECT
The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

THE ADVOCATE
The world's leading source for LGBT news and entertainment.

CAMPUS PRIDE
Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network "for" and "by" student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER
The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.

GAY AND LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION
For over 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day.

GLBTQ
The world's largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture.