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On April 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., the Wayne State University GLBT Association, in collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Community, will host a panel and training for allies of the LGBT community to make the campus safe.
The event, called Students, Administrators and Faculty for Equality: Becoming an Ally, will take place in room 289 of the Student Center Building. It is located at 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI, 48202.
“Wayne State currently does not have an ally program or safe zone arrangement for the LGBT community on campus,” said GLBTA co-president an Gender and Sexuality Community co-founder Tirrany Thompson. “I developed the manual for this to happen.”
Thompson explained that she modeled the program off of similar training sessions held at Western Michigan and Oakland Universities. Participants will get an overview of LGBT terms and issues and learn how to be an ally. The training will be followed by a panel discussion with several WSU students.
“The goal is to promote tolerance and understanding between all people of diverse identifications,” Thompson said. “After completeing the training, participants can choose to become an ally or not by signing an agreement stating they will be a ‘SAFE’ person on campus.”
Those who do sign the agreement will receive a sticker to place in their office or space to label it as a “SAFE” area for LGBT friends and students. They will also have their name put on the “Wall of Respect” at the Gender and Sexuality Community office.
For more information on how to get involved with the SAFE program, contact Tiffany Thompson at 313-485-5649.