CG&FS Celebrates LGBTQ History Month - News Article

CG&FS Celebrates LGBTQ History Month

CG&FS is recognizing LGBTQ diversity in the month of October.

As part of our celebration we are encouraging everyone to create Safe Zones. A safe zone is a place where all people feel safe, welcome and included. It may be a room, a car, or an entire college campus.

CG&FS is asking staff to print and hang Safe Zone images in their offices, on their name plate or office windows. Safe Zone images can be a welcoming sight for LGBTQ people as it brings assurance that they are safe to be themselves within the space the image is located. Additional information on Safe Zones can be found at the Gay Alliance website.

We thank you for participating in celebrating LGBTQ Diversity in October! There will be much more to come including a quiz, stickers, and biographies on individuals who have played a role in LGBTQ History.

In addition, CG&FS will celebrate National Coming Out Day on Monday, October 12th by asking everyone to wear tie-dye that day to show our support for diversity and inclusion.

Safe Zone Facts:
In Our Schools: For LGBTQ students, faculty and staff the school environment poses numerous threats and obstacles. Hateful language, physical and emotional harassment and the threat of physical violence are a reality for many LGBTQ people. The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN’s) 2013 survey of 7,898 students (ages 13-21) from all 50 states, found the following results.

  • 74% of LGBTQ students experienced harassment at school in the past year.
  • More than half of LGBTQ students felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation.
  • Nearly a third of LGBTQ students skipped at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns.

Several research groups have documented results that indicate that lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are at a much higher risk for attempting suicide than their straight counterparts. The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey “Injustice at Every Turn,” which surveyed over 6,000 transgender individuals found that 41% of transgender people had attempted suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population.

In Our Workplaces: While progress is slowly being made to create more welcoming and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ employees, below are some eye-opening statistics from the 2014 Human Rights Campaign’s The Cost of the Closet, a national study examining workplace climate for LGBTQ employees.

  • 62% of LGBTQ employees report hearing jokes about lesbians and gays in the workplace.
  • 53% of LGBTQ employees hide who they are at work.
  • 20% of LGBTQ employees report looking for another job specifically because their workplace environment wasn’t accepting of LGBTQ individuals.

For many LGBTQ individuals, energy that could be spent on working and creating healthy relationships with coworkers is instead spent on maintaining barriers, avoiding social events and learning how to keep secrets about their home lives and families.