The UNH Safe Zones sticker is an ally symbol that can be seen posted around campus by students, faculty, and staff who have participated in at least one UNH Safe Zones program or training.
What is the purpose and meaning of the Safe Zones symbol?
- Displaying the Safe Zones symbol conveys that you are an ally to LGBTQ+ individuals.
- The Safe Zones symbol is an official UNH wildcat paw outlined in rainbow with the words “Safe Zone” in the center and "UNH" below the paw.
- The rainbow is a commonly recognized LGBTQIA+ and Ally symbol.
- Students, faculty, and staff who are allies to the LGBTQIA+ community post this Safe Zones symbol as a way to visibly represent their commitment to providing support to LGBTQIA+ individuals.
- Seeing the Safe Zones symbol around campus lets LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff know that there is a campus-wide network of allies.
Displaying the Safe Zones symbol conveys that you are committed to:
- Providing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning, and ally (LGBTQA+) individuals.
- Helping LGBTQ+ individuals and allies access LGBTQIA+ resources.
- Confronting, reducing, and preventing homophobic and transphobic bias incidents, including joking, comments, language, harassment, discrimination, and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
- Continuing to further educate yourself to learn more about LGBTQA+ issues and experiences.
- Creating a more safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate for LGBTQIA+ + students, faculty, and staff.
Who is an Ally?
- In a LGBTQIA+ context, an ALLY is a person, regardless of their own sexual orientation or gender identity, who supports LGBTQIA+ people and honors sexual and gender diversity, and acts accordingly to respond to and challenge homophobic, heterosexist, and transphobic comments, assumptions, behavior, discrimination, and oppression. Being an ALLY is a process where each ALLY engages in their own unique process toward considering their own comfort level and ways of responding to homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia (i.e. there is no "one" way or "right" way to be an ALLY). An ALLY also considers ways to continue to learn about and gain further understanding of LGBTQIA+ people and issues, as well as their own biases and privileges.
History of the UNH Safe Zones symbol:
- Our current Safe Zones symbol (diamond shape with a rainbow UNH wildcat paw inside) was designed by a UNH student in September 2006. This design was selected by a committee following a campus-wide "sticker design contest." This is the second UNH Safe Zones symbol.
- The first sticker was a green bordered circle shape with a pink triangle and a black triangle in the center, with the words “UNH" on the top and "Safe Zone” below.
- The first UNH Safe Zones symbol was first used in 1993, coinciding with the launch of the UNH Safe Zones program.
- In the 1970s, the Pink Triangle was adopted by many gay rights groups as a symbol of pride and solidarity, while acknowledging current and historical oppression against gay people. The pink triangle was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to identify and shame homosexuals, and female prisoners who were considered "anti-social" or "deviant" (including homosexual) were made to wear a black triangle. Read more about the pink triangle.
Safe Zones Sticker Request:
If you have already participated in a UNH Safe Zones training or program, and need another sticker, please call the Coordinator of the UNH Safe Zones programs at 603-862-5053 . Safe Zones stickers should only be displayed by students, faculty, and staff who have participated in a UNH Safe Zones program or training.