Supporting LGBTQ Individuals
As outlined by the Riddle Scale, people may be anywhere in their attitude towards supporting LGBTQ individuals. We hope this workshop is moving you towards attitudes of Appreciation and Nurturance; below we suggest ways that we can each be more supportive of all people in our community regardless of their sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
- Work to develop an understanding of heterosexism, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and the needs of LGBTQ people, but don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Serve as a source of support and of accurate information
- Do not make assumptions about others’ sexual orientation or gender identity
- Be willing to discuss issues that have an impact on LGBTQ individuals in a non-judgmental manner
- Be aware of issues, big and small, in the LGBTQ community, for example, use inclusive language, such as partner or significant other, instead of gender specific terms like boyfriend or girlfriend
- Don’t preface a statement on LGBTQ issues with “I’m straight, but...”
- React negatively to heterosexist/sexist jokes, slurs, comments, and stereotypes
- Respect the privacy of LGBTQ students
- Publicly acknowledge LGBTQ individuals’ presence on campus and in society
- Don’t think of people as “my gay student” or “my lesbian friend”
- Don’t expect an LGBTQ person to speak for the entire LGBTQ community
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If these issues are important to you, we invite and encourage you to become an official Safe Zone Ally. A Safe Zone Ally is person who is committed to being a part of the network creating solidarity and a safer and more supportive place for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions at Centenary College. If you’re interested in becoming an official Safe Zone Ally, please sign up for 202 Safe Zone Ally training at our website website goes here.