Safe Zone provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to create safe spaces on campus that are highly visible and easily identifiable to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBT) persons. These Safe Zones are spaces where support and understanding are key and bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated.
Members display a Safe Zone symbol to demonstrate their acceptance of LGBT individuals. The Safe Zone symbol is a rainbow triangle. This identifies the person as someone who has chosen to educate themselves about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally issues and has information about local resources.
The Rainbow (or Gay Pride) Flag was created by artist and vexillographer Gilbert Baker, a friend of the late Harvey Milk, in 1978. The flag debuted at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. It has since been used around the world as a symbol of LGBT unity in many variations, including adaptations such as bumper stickers and decals. The Rainbow Flag is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers. The Rainbow (Pride) Flag lives in the public domain.
Displaying the Safe Zone symbol does NOT mean that you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning or that you will participate in any LGBT activities. It implies your support for such individuals.
Any Illinois State student interested and willing to be an ally can join Safe Zone. Members of Safe Zone need to be open-minded, supportive of the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation.
All Safe Zone members agree to be respectful of and develop an understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Members also commit to continually educating themselves on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and are willing to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as other Safe Zone members. Members also agree to be a resource to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, as well as to make appropriate referrals when overwhelmed or not able to assist an individual.
Lastly, and most importantly, because of the influence Safe Zone has on the lives of LGBT persons, student members of Safe Zone may make an impact in the life of a LGBT person, and may never know the extent of it.
387 Student Services Building
Campus Box 5800
Normal, IL 61790-5800
Phone: (309) 438-8968
Facsimile: (309) 438-5593