How LGBTQ safe zone training can help students this voting season

SAN ANTONIO – Students interested in learning how to better support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community can attend the upcoming safe zone training hosted by Our Lady of the Lake University. The event will train students in the specific methods and precautions one can take in an effort to create a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.
According to an email sent to OLLU students by the Ministry Office students who attend “The Safe Zone Training will increase knowledge and skills for creating open, affirming [safe spaces].” Students will be provided with a training manual upon attendance in addition to free breakfast and lunch.
The matter of LGBTQ+ rights has once again become a matter of public discussion after The New York Times acquired a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in which the department argued in favor of a legal definition of sex under Title IX.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive or benefit from Federal financial assistance. Generally, a provider may not exclude, deny, or provide different or lesser services to applicants or beneficiaries on the basis of sex.” As such, if the proposed alteration to Title IX were implemented, the revision would drastically affect the day-to-day lives of transgender individuals in the United States.
Relatedly, in accordance with the upcoming early voting season and Title IX memo, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) published a press release revealing the results of the organization’s survey that calculated the number of candidates currently running for United States House and Senate who support the LGBTQ+ community. The questions in the survey asked how candidates would react in a certain situations involving LGBTQ+ individuals, including seeing a same-sex couple holding hands, enrolling one’s child in a class taught by an LGBTQ+ educator and allowing an LGBTQ+ individual into a place of worship. Moreover the organization divided candidates into three categories: Allies (those who are fully supportive), detached supporters (those who are moderately hesistant), and resistors (those who are in full opposition).
Consequently, GLAAD revealed that 351 candidates responded to the survey, which included 240 democrats and 32 republicans. Of the 240 democrats, 99% were categorized as allies, including Texas senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. Moreover, 55% of the Republican candidates were also categorized as allies.
According to a recent press release from the organization “GLAAD is working to ensure the larget turnout of LGBTQ+ and ally voters in the history of American midterm elections. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.”
The final voting day for the 2018 United States midterm elections will be Tuesday November 6.
OLLU students can RSVP for the safe zone training by sending their name, phone number, and email to alliance@ollusa.edu. This event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday November 3.

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