ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM


 

Ensuring a Safe and Supportive Environment

For Our LGBT Community
 

 

NEXT TRAINING SESSION

 

For Faculty & Staff

Friday, January 23, 2015

2:00-4:00 PM, SGA Meeting Room

 

Sign Up: mlebeau@bsc.edu   Max Class Size: 15

 


MISSION & PURPOSE

 

The BSC Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to launch its new Ally Training Program.  The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and to ensure a safe and supportive environment for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

 

The BSC Ally Training Program is a team of BSC faculty and staff dedicated to fostering a climate of respect for and acceptance of all people regardless of their identity or background. It is an educational initiative that offers resources and information about the concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. 

 

It seeks to be a campus-wide network of allies and advocates that provides a non-judgmental and affirming sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.  It is a diversity program aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. 

 

It is an organization of allies and advocates seeking to address bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and violence.  It is a group of concerned colleagues seeking to confront injustice and reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression on campus.

 

These types of programs are common at many colleges and universities and are typically called "safe zone" or "safe space" programs.

 


MORE INFO

 

ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM TEAM & PARTICIPANTS

ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM RESOURCES

ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM HANDBOOK

ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM SLIDE SHOW

ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM SPECIAL VIDEO (Password: allies)

 


 

"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential."

-Harvey Milk

 

"I do not think homosexuality is a choice… It’s in one’s nature.  The choice is whether one expresses one’s nature truthfully or spends the rest of one’s life lying about it."

-Marlo Thomas

 

"If you are not personally free to be yourself in the most important of all human activities… the expression of love… then life itself loses its meaning."

-Harvey Milk
 

"I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 


FEATURED VIDEOS

 

You Tube Tribute to Gay Pride

Modern Love by Matt Nathanson
Yale Univ LGBT Alumni Association Reunion

Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The Ultimate Wedding Party

Be My Honeypie by the Weepies
Comment on Love

The Girl in the Kinks Shirt by Matt Nathanson

Gay Kiss Demonstration in Paris on Valentine's Day

Coming Out of the Closet

 


GUIDING ASSUMPTIONS

 

What are the guiding assumptions and philosophical foundation upon which the Ally Training Program is established and maintained?   What beliefs and values do we embrace regarding this program?   We believe…

 

All learning and work environments should be safe and free of discrimination, prejudice, and harassment.

 

All sexual orientations and gender representations are part of our culture and should be acknowledged and supported.

 

Sharing and discussing feelings is important to understanding the issues of difference
and diversity.

 

It is important to civilized people to preserve human dignity, guard human rights, confront injustice, and to end all forms of oppression. 

 

Heterosexism is a form of oppression, like racism, which leads to discrimination, prejudice, harassment, and violence.

 

It is possible to maintain one’s individual moral perspectives, values and beliefs while behaving in ways that are respectful of people that are different from oneself.

 

A person's sexual orientation or sexual identity is not a choice.  Being heterosexual is not a choice…  Neither is being homosexual.

 


MORE INFO

 

THE COMING OUT PROCESS

HOW TO BE AN LGBT ALLY & ADVOCATE

SEX & GENDER

TERMINOLOGY & DEFINITIONS

FACTS & STATISTICS
LGBT PEOPLE

HOMOPHOBIA & HETEROSEXISM

 


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