- 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.