It is a space in which people of diverse backgrounds, especially members of the LGBTQIA community, are welcome and included. Allies create these spaces by being open in their support and acting as advocates. Safe Zones help to establish a campus as an inclusive educational environment where all members can learn and share new ideas.
An ally is defined as an individual who works to end oppression personally and professionally through support and advocacy of an oppressed population, in this context, LGBTQIA individuals. Although many LGBTQIA allies identify as straight, it is important to understand that LGBTQIA individuals can be allies to themselves and other members of the LGBTQIA community by actively supporting the needs of their community.