LGBTQA+ Safe Zone Ally Training

This interactive training establishes an identifiable network of individuals who can provide support, information, and a safe place for LGBTQ persons. This training is for any staff, faculty and students that seek to provide a safe space for LGBTQ persons. Those who complete the training are considered an “ALLY” to the LBGTQ community and thus are encouraged to display their “Ally Placard” visible to all.

Learning Outcomes:


  • Understand your own feelings on LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Understand socialization, prejudice, and privilege
  • Understand why it is important to be an Ally
  • Understand how heterosexism and homophobia affect both LGBTQIA+ people and people who are not LGBTQIA+

Knowledge and Education:

  • Learn about LGBTQIA+ communities and cultures
  • Learn about LGBTQIA+ and Safe Zone symbols
  • Critically think about the effect of policies, laws, and practices on the lives of LGBTQIA+ people
  • Know the LGBTQIA+ resources and services provided at ISU
  • Talk with and learn from LGBTQIA+ friends, classmates, roommates, and colleagues


  • Challenge homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism
  • Avoid assumptions, and ask about things you don’t understand
  • Provide correct information when you hear myths and misperceptions about LGBTQIA+ people
  • Use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and do not assume everyone is heterosexual
  • Support your LGBTQIA+ friends, family, colleagues