UNM’s LGBTQ offering “Safe Zone” for all identities


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- The University of New Mexico is providing a space for not only students to feel safe, but to also learn to negate hate.

Founded in 2010, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Question, and Queer (LGBTQ) organization was started by students, staff, and faculty and community members at the university who identified a need for space that holistically honors all identity.

The UNM LBBTQ Resource Center offers programs to educate others how to work with the LGBTQ community, build awareness, and provide safety and advocacy for the community.

These “Safe Zone” trainings delve into the history and meaning of many terms used in the LGBTQ community, the various spectrums of sex, gender, and identity, intersections of the many identities, phobias, transgender health disparities, and much more.

Participants of the “Safe Zone” training program are provided with a 45 page manual that includes an abundance of information and resources and a certificate of completion.

The resource center has trained over 1,000 individuals across New Mexico.

Over the next two months, the center will be hosting its 4th Annual Rainbow Graduation Ceremony and Reception, itโ€™s 2nd Annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony for high school students, and itโ€™s 4th Annual UNM Comes Out the Pride Celebration.

For more information on “Safe Zone” programs, visit their website.

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