While the Safe Zone Ally Training Program does an excellent job of providing introductory information about LGBTQ+ identities, as allies it is important for us to have a greater, more nuanced understanding of our diverse and intersectional community.  In order to provide an opportunity to engage in these “advanced level” conversations, the Safe Zone Resource Center hosts a series of Facebook Live events called, Safe Zone 2.0’s.

During 2.0’s, we take a more in-depth look at a particular issue or topic related to the LGBTQ+ community.  Presentation topics have ranged from discussions on ‘Sexuality and Spirituality,’ ‘Maintaining a Health Body Image in the Queer Community,’ and “LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness’ to a discussion on ‘How to minimize stress when home for the holidays.’

Spring 2018 Safe Zone 2.0 Topics Include:

LGBTQIA+ identities and religion:

This panel discussion will include the perspectives of faith community leaders at UA and in the Tuscaloosa Area. During this session, we’ll discuss common issues, concerns, and resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals surrounding religion and faith based organizations. Interested audience members are encouraged to reach out to the SZRC with specific questions or topics they’d like to see discussed during this panel.

Current events, issues, and resources for Trans individuals:

This panel discussion will include the perspectives of trans individuals and representatives of trans inclusive resources at UA. During this session, we will discuss recent events related to trans rights and concerns, as well as, resources at UA and in the Tuscaloosa area for members of the trans community. Interested audience members are encouraged to reach out to the SZRC with specific questions or topics they’d like to see addressed during this panel.

Previous Safe Zone 2.0 Facebook live sessions:

Coming out!: This panel discussion incorporates the stories and lived experiences of members of the LGBTQIA+ community at UA. This question and answer session is designed to give anyone interested in the coming out process real information about what its like to come out, how to come out safely, and tips for what to do if someone comes out to you. This session has ended, but interested individuals can still find it posted to the Safe Zone Resource Center Facebook page.