I am SafeZone

I am... Safe Zone Training
is now available in
online courses!

As I work closely with my Ally Development Program over the past 10 years, I have learned two things...
1) this is desperately needed in many many fields and
2) the folks that need/want it the most can't take a day off from work due to being overworked and understaffed (and underpaid in some instances)

This is my solution...

Being an LGBT Ally starts with you.

Over a few lunch breaks, staff meetings, or to get your work day started off right, watch and participate with these interactive videos.


COURSE #1: Sticks and Stones looks at language that is in our heads via our culture.

What better way to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities. By comparing themes of these messages learned for these different groups, we can then have a much deeper conversation about class, race, educational access, citizenship, ability assumptions, etc. By understanding our language we can hold ourselves accountable to building an inclusive environment for all (regardless of sexual identity).

Learning Outcomes

  • To articulate their own stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
  • To identify others' stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
  • To recognize the U.S. cultural need for binaries when examining sexual identities and gender identities

This course's approximate video run time: 74 minutes

Investment: $50

COURSE #2: Gender This! connects sex, gender, and sexual identity and examines sexism and heterosexism through an easy model.

After doing transgender education for a number of years, this program is developed around the triangulation of sex, gender, and sexual identity and the connections between sexism and heterosexism. By clearly depicting the differences and dependence of these three words that are often used synonymously, we can then begin a deeper conversation regarding current policies and procedures on campus. Understanding these differences can be made very simple so that next steps can be planned for campuses and organizations that may not be easy to implement.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To define sexual identity, gender identity and sex
  • To recognize the difference between sex, sexual identity and gender identity
  • To describe how sexism and heterosexism are perpetuated by the conflation of sexual identity, gender identity, and sex

This course's approximate video run time: 53 minutes

Investment: $50

COURSE #3: Messages I Learned takes you back to you and how you got to be you. After all, you are the best tool anybody has to be an ally!

Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn't easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self reflection journey through one's past to better inform our futures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify messages you learned about one key identity that made you who you are
  • Identify messages you learned about at least two groups to which you are not a member
  • Identify an event where you actively or passively supported oppression
  • Connect the functions of internalized and externalized oppression with one's own identities and experiences
  • Participate in an authentic conversation regarding emotions, anxieties, and realities of doing social justice work

This course's approximate video run time: 51 minutes

Investment: $50


Upon completion of all three I am... Safe Zone courses, a certificate of completion and I am... Safe Zone ally placard will be available for download.


Contact Jessica directly at 917-543-0966 or jess@iamsocialjustice.com.


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