Unlike more visible underrepresented groups, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning and intersex (GLBTQI) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying supportive or hostile persons on GLBTQI Thus people new to the community often experience isolation and loneliness because of the inability to identify an empathetic and supportive community. Even locating simple information can become risky and logistically difficult because of few open networks, directories, and resources.
The Safe Zone was created to respond to the needs of the Trinity community. The goal of the program is to provide a more hospitable environment for GLBTQI persons by establishing an identifiable group of supportive persons who can provide support, information, and a safe haven for GLBTQI persons within the Trinity community.
HATE CRIMES STATUTE: CONNECTICUT
Hate crimes are defined as an offense committed against another person, with the specific intent to cuase harm to that person due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, gender identiry, disability. The United States Congress defines a hate crime as: "[a crime in which] the defendant's conduct was motivated by hatred, bias, or prejudice, based on an the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientaion..."
Connecticut's hate crimes statute covers violence based on actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. The law provides for increased penalties when a person causes physical injury or porperty damage because the victim is a member of a class protected by statute. The law covers transsexual people and is broad enough to protect any person who is assaulted simply because he or she does not conform to gender stereotypes or social expectations or the way a man or woman is supposed to behave, whether or not they identify as transgender. *
On campus, if you are a victim of a hate crime, please call Campus Safety immediately (x2222). Hartford Police: 911.
In Hartford, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) assists hate crime victims. They can be reached at: (860) 247-6090; Web site: www.cwealf.org. Other organizations which assist hate crime victims are:
CT Civil Liberties Union: (860) 247-9823
Office of the Victim Advocate (State of CT): 1-888-771-3126
Violence Recovery Program: 800-834-3242