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Quick Facts

  • Safety Net was founded as an organization in 2013.
  • Its purpose is to support, network, and provide resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and allied students, alumni, faculty, and staff from Christian colleges.
  • Currently there are 45 groups and organizations affiliated with Safety Net from over 50 Christian colleges and universities.
  • Not all of these schools are part of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
  • Safety Net’s first public action was sending letters to the president and former professors of Shorter University following the exodus of faculty who refused to sign a “lifestyle statement” which required faculty to reject homosexuality.
  • Safety Net previously engaged with the CCCU by engaging administrators and school representatives at the CCCU’s 2013 “Changing Faces” Diversity Conference.

Safety Net’s Mission Statement

Established in 2013, Safety Net equips and empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied (LGBTQ&A) student and alumni organizations from institutions of higher education where religion plays a significant role in the challenges faced by LGBTQ&A students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni. Safety Net is a coalition of leaders from these groups primarily consisting of alumni and former staff from these institutions. As LGBTQ&A people who have studied and worked at these institutions, we know the challenges and isolation that LGBTQ&A students face at schools that question their identity. Our mission is to insure that students at these institutions know that they are not alone.

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Coming So Close…But Missing By A Mile?

A therapist’s professional critique of Mark Yarhouse’s “Understanding The Transgender Phenomenon”  By Lisa Maurel, LMFT Published on Sep. 28, 2015 @ 18:00 ET Most of us enjoy the privilege of feeling fairly “comfortable” with our assigned sex and the associated gender roles expected of us.  Even if we feel that our personal experience of gender,… Read more »

Overcoming With Good

by Darren McDonald Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good  (Romans 12:21) How do we respond when we encounter discrimination and violence?  How can we confront dehumanizing systems of oppression with our humanity and dignity intact?  Where can we find the endurance to continue the struggle for justice?   LGBTQQI and Allied… Read more »

Trans* Housing At GFU

As first reported by PQ Monthly, George Fox University has refused to allow Jayce, a transgender, African-American student, to live on campus in housing appropriate for his gender. They are also developing a policy that restricts housing to being based exclusively on the biological sex that was assigned to their students at birth (not inclusive… Read more »

As LGBTQQI&A people who have studied and worked at these institutions, we know the challenges and isolation that LGBTQQI&A students face at schools that question their identity. Our mission is to insure that students at these institutions know that they are not alone.