BGSU classes help establish ‘safe zone’ for LGBT community, alliesWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Bowling Green State University is looking to become a safe zone for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The university’s LGBT Resource Center will facilitate workshops this summer as part of its SafeZone Project after proving successful during the school months.
The workshop is meant to educate the community to become better allies of the LGBT community.
Assistant Director of LGBT Programs Tobias Spears wants to make BGSU a safe zone.
“I don’t think it is necessarily unsafe,” Spears said. “I think we all could … become better allies. We live in a world that is homophobic, sexist, patriarchal. BG is like any other place in the world.”
Spears said the workshop is “geared around being better allies to LGBT students” so anyone is invited. Spears said attendees have included students from Owens Community College, Lourdes University and local high schools.
Spears, who identifies as gay, is a Ph.D. student who went through Safe Zone training. He said he developed a passion for working with LGBT students while he was pursuing his master’s degree at Georgia State University.
“I think LGBT people are absolutely brave, particularly those people who their gender expression gets warped as soon as they walk in the door,” Spears said. “A feminine gay man or a masculine lesbian woman; they don’t have the same privilege as someone who is passable [as heterosexual.]”
The first class will be 2 p.m. June 19 in room 309 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The second will be 10 a.m. July 9 in room 309 of the same place. Both classes are planned to take two hours. For more information, contact Spears at firstname.lastname@example.org.