September 16, 2013

8 Reasons Why Safe Spaces are Important

Today GLSEN starts its Spot the Sticker campaign! This campaign is meant to highlight spaces in your school that are safe for LGBT students to find educator allies. Whether it’s an office, a classroom or even on an educator’s water bottle, it’s vital to have visual representation their space is safe!

Here's a story on why it’s important.

 

Before we had Safe Space stickers we were like:

 

 

When I found out there were educator allies at our school.

 

 

When my teacher agreed to put up a Safe Space sticker and show their classroom was a safe space for LGBT students.

 

 

Now my friends and I come to school like:

 

 

Sometimes people say things like, “that’s so gay” to which makes us feel like:

 

 

What I want to say is:

 

But we know where the school’s safe spaces are. We can go there, tell our educator ally, and ensure bullying & harassment has no place in our school.

 

 

Knowing we have a space that’s safe for LGBT students can go is important. Even though it’s only one step in the process of creating safer schools for all, one step in the right direction makes a difference.

 

But don't take our word for it...

 

Interested? Learn more about GLSEN's Spot the Sticker campaign here! 

 

Ikaika Regidor

About Ikaika Regidor

Ikaika is the Youth Programs Associate at GLSEN. His focus areas are: Ally Week, Day of Silence, heritage months, Transgender Student Rights, Jump-Start and Students of Color Organizing student leadership teams, and GSA engagement. // @_politikai // pronouns: he/him/his & they/them/their

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