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The Concept:

Project Ally is a program based closely on Project Safe Zone, which is a project used by many schools, organizations, and communities. The program promotes awareness and non-judgmental treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersexual, transgendered, transsexual, and questioning people by providing education and training. After training, participants are given a sticker, presumably for their office or room door, and a button with which they may show their support.

Objectives:

  • To identify and mobilize a network of faculty, staff, administrators, and students who are empathetic to and informed about GLBITTQ issues.
  • To produce evidence of support of GLBITTQ persons within the college community by providing a tangible sign of support.

Workshops:

To receive an Ally emblem, participants must attend a training workshop. We are considering a separate emblem for people who do not wish to take part in the workshops, but we strongly believe that training is a vital part of this program.

The training workshops might include questions such as:

  • What are homophobia and heterosexism and what do they have to do with us?
  • What does the law say about all this?
  • How are gay people discriminated against?
  • What does "coming out" mean and why do homosexuals come out?
  • What is the difference between transgendered and transsexual persons?
  • What can I do as an Ally?



Maintained by Nick Markham '04
Last Updated: October 14, 2002