Write down the three
most important things
to you in the world
Introduce yourself to someone in the
room that you do not know. Spend
five minutes getting to know them.
You may ask questions about the
items on your list but you may not
answer questions on these topics.
You must be vague in response and
try to change the subject.
(Taken from UMSL Safe Zone Program)
Safe Zone Mission
Our mission, in
statement, is to promote
and confidential support
of gender and sexual
Safe Zone Goals
Our goals are to:
• 1) Promote acceptance and respect for people who are gay, lesbian,
transgender, intersex and/or cross-dressers.
• 2) Provide a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for all
members of the college family.
• Safe Zone is a program which identifies faculty and staff who will
provide empathy, acceptance, support and resources for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, cross-dressing, and intersex students. The
Safe Zone symbol which you will display in your work space will
convey to students and colleagues that you are a person who will be
understanding, supportive and trustworthy. Students will know that
they can come to you for help, advice, or just to talk to someone in
confidence who is supportive and accepting. This symbol also means
that biased and offensive actions and comments will be addressed in
an educational and informative manner. Colleagues and students
have a right to an opinion. However, if someone is perpetuating
myths or misinformation about gender and sexual diversity, you will
inform them of more accurate information in a respectful manner.
Safe Zone Syllabus Statement
I am a member of the Safe Zone
Program: Allies for Gender and Sexual
Diversity. This means that I promise to
provide confidential support for members
of the college community who are gay,
lesbian, transgender, intersex, or cross-
dressing. I am available to listen if you
wish to talk or to refer you to appropriate
resources in the community.
Illinois State Law
• On January 21, 2005, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed an
amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act that will prohibit
discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual
orientation. Effective January 1, 2006, the amended
Act specifically prohibits sexual orientation
discrimination in employment, housing, public
accommodation and certain financial transactions.
Sexual orientation is defined as an individual's "actual
or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality,
bisexuality, or gender-related identity, whether or not
traditionally associated with the person's designated
sex at birth." The Illinois Department of Human Rights is
vested with enforcement authority under the amended Act.
Components of Safe Zone
Four hours of training
Exposure to terminology and symbols
Defining Sex and Sexuality
– Chromosomes (XX, XY, XXX, XXY, XYY, X0)
• Female—the default sex
• Testosterone at six weeks
• Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
• Dominican Republican Syndrome
• Androgen Insensitivity
How many sexes are there? Intersex
• Androgynous (Intergender)
• Cross Dresser
• What are our assumptions?
• Why do we care what someone’s sexual