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Title: Safe Zone Training


1
Safe Zone Training
  • Peace Corps Jordan

2
P.R.O.C.E.S.S.
  • Participate
  • Respect
  • Open communication
  • Confidentiality
  • Experiment with new ideas
  • Step forward/step back
  • Seek to understand

3
Statement of Inclusion
  • We wont assume to know what your sexual
    orientation or gender identity is during this
    session and will never specifically ask you. Some
    of you may be LGBT and others will be
    heterosexual. If you are LGBT you can get
    something out of this session by thinking about
    your own identity development. Most importantly,
    we will all begin to learn about the ally
    development of your heterosexual peers.

4
THIS SAFEZONE SESSION IS FOR EVERYBODY
5
Problems Faced by LGBT PCVs and PCTs
  • Isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fear of being found out
  • Fear of physical harm
  • Sexual loneliness which can lead to risk taking
  • Loneliness felt from larger LGBT community
  • Lack of trust with others

6
Main Goals of Safe Zone Training
  • Increase PC communitys understanding and
    awareness
  • Provide sense of safety for LGBT PCV/PCT
    community
  • Spread belief that PC Jordan benefits from the
    diversity of GLBT volunteers and trainees
  • Teach staff how to support PCVs and PCTs who have
    LGBT related issues

7
WORD ASSOCIATION
8
LGBT VOCABULARY GAME
9
What is Coming Out?
10
Stages of Coming Out
  • Closeted I dont want you to know
  • Passing I assume you dont know
  • Covering I dont know what you know
  • Implicitly Out Im gay, see it if you can
  • Explicitly Out Im telling you I am gay
  • Publicly Out See me as gay

11
Risks of Coming Out
  • Not everyone will be understanding/accepting
  • Family, friends, or coworkers may be shocked,
    confused, or hostile
  • Rejection from religious community
  • Permanent changes in some relationships
  • Harassment or discrimination
  • Disownment from parents, loss of financial
    support
  • PC Jordan Interrupted Service
  • PC Jordan Isolation from community

12
Benefits of Coming Out
  • Ability to live honestly
  • Self-esteem building
  • Developing closer, more genuine relationships
    with friends and family
  • Alleviating the stress of hiding ones identity
  • Connecting with other people who are LGBT
  • Being a member of a community with whom you have
    things in common
  • Helping to dispel myths and stereotypes by
    speaking about ones experiences
  • Being a role model for others
  • PC Jordan Cultural exchange

13
How might people who are LGBT feel about coming
out to someone?
14
  • Scared
  • Vulnerable
  • Unsure
  • Relieved
  • Proud

15
What might people who are LGBT want from the
people they come out to?
16
  • Acceptance
  • Support
  • Understanding
  • Comfort
  • Reassurance

17
What have persons who are LGBT been told about
their sexual orientation?
18
  • Youre just going through a phase
  • Its just because youve never had a relationship
    with someone of the opposite sex
  • You cant be gay, youve had relationships with
    people of the opposite sex
  • You cant be a lesbian, youre too pretty
  • Youre just depressed
  • Youre just confused
  • Maybe you can find a therapist who can help you
    get over anything
  • Ya haram

19
Better things to say
  • How long have you known you are LGBT?
  • Are you seeing anyone special?
  • Has it been hard for you to keep a secret?
  • Is there a way I can help?
  • Have I ever offended you unknowingly?

20
Why might a PCV or PCT come out to you?
  • They want to have an honest and genuine
    relationship with you
  • They may feel you are a person who will be
    understanding and accepting
  • They are tired of putting time and energy into
    hiding their identity
  • Some aspect of your professional relationship
    makes it difficult to continue hiding their
    sexual orientation
  • You are in a position to assist them with a
    concern or address policies which impact their
    life

21
What happens if a PCV or PCT comes out to you?
22
REMEMBER!
  • This person has not changed!
  • They are the same person you knew before, you
    just have more information about them now
  • Remember the good and bad responses - which ones
    do you want to use?

23
REMEMBER!
  • Everything is amplified for PCVs/PCTs who are
    LGBT here in Jordan.

24
SCENARIOS
25
What is homophobia?
26
The fear and/or hatred of individuals who are
LGBT and your relationships/interactions with them
27
  • Can be subtle/not obvious
  • Physical violence
  • Verbal assault
  • Vandalism
  • Blatant discrimination
  • Firing an employee
  • Evicting someone from their housing
  • Denying access to civil rights awarded to
    heterosexuals

28
What is heterosexual privilege?
29
What is an ally?
30
Somebody who will confront instances of insulting
language and stereotypes, use inclusive language,
work to educate themselves, treat people who are
LGBT like they do everybody else, and support
policies and laws that promote equality
31
A safe person for someone who is LGBT to speak
with. This means a commitment to providing
support and to maintaining confidentiality. This
commitment extends to people with friends and
family members that are LGBT.
32
How can I be an Ally while working at PC and with
PCVs and PCTs?
33
  • Dont assume everyone is heterosexual
  • Do not ever out someone
  • Dont use anti-LGBT language
  • Use all inclusive language
  • Educate others
  • Interrupt prejudice
  • Dont be surprised when someone comes out to you
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Know when and where to seek help
  • Dont try to guess who is LGBT

34
Ally Scenario Questions
35
  • Youre sitting with a group of friends, and a
    couple of them make an obnoxious, bigoted comment
    about gays. Do you
  • (a) Ignore it
  • (b) Casually leave
  • (c) Ask them not to make such comments around you

36
  • A friend comes up to you and tells a rumor that a
    new PCT is supposedly a lesbian. Do you
  • (a) Tell them it doesnt matter what sexual
    orientation she is
  • (b) Ignore them
  • (c) Say that if she is a lesbian, let her come
    out on her own terms
  • (d) A and C

37
  • Some of your colleagues make fun of a new trainee
    because he uses stereotypically feminine body
    language. Do you
  • (a) Ignore it
  • (b) Tell them it is not funny and possibly
    offensive to talk about somebody like that
  • (c) Join in and start making fun of the PCT too

38
  • You hear some friends discussing the marriage
    equality debate happening in the United States,
    when some of them state that they think
    individuals who are LGBT deserve equal rights
    under the law. Do you
  • (a) Tell them your supportive feelings about LGBT
    people
  • (b) Tell them you think gay people are gross
  • (c) Ignore it

39
What is difficult about these responses?
40
What are the benefits of the appropriate
responses?
41
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