January 15, 2019
“Safe Zone” Sign Evolves to Better Support the LGBTQIA+ Community
Boulder County, Colo. - For years in Boulder County and across the country, the Boulder County Public Health “Safe Zone” sign has been posted in offices, classrooms, and on front doors to provide a sense of safety for people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+). In 2016, Boulder County Allies for Inclusion (BCAFI) began questioning whether the sign was, in fact, promoting welcoming, respectful places of inclusivity, as it was intended.
This new sign is intended to replace the former “Safe Zone” signs developed by the OASOS program over a decade ago that featured a pink triangle.
“Increasingly, our LGBTQIA+ community is hearing how they are not welcome or supported,” said Crate. “Welcoming messages and environments are an important step in building a community that supports the social and emotional wellness of all people, including the LGBTQIA+ community.”
BCAFI is a coalition supported by the OASOS (Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and gender identity Support) Program at Boulder County Public Health. It is made up of professionals and community members who are working to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
The study was funded by Boulder County Public Health and Boulder County Community Services on behalf of BCAFI.
The new “Welcome” sign can be downloaded at www.BoulderCountyOASOS.org.