The Safe Zone program provides a visible network of allies for LGBT+ and other individuals seeking information and assistance regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, harassment, and/or discrimination. The Safe Zone program aims to increase awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity about important issues affecting LGBT+ students, faculty, and staff to foster a safe, welcoming climate at the University of Montevallo. Our guiding assumptions are that all learning and work environments should be safe and free of sex- and gender-based discrimination, prejudice, and harassment; further, the environment should be one in which every student and employee is free to thrive on an academic, professional, and personal level based on respect and dignity. We believe it possible to adhere to individual moral and ethical perspectives and religious beliefs while behaving respectfully to all people. The Safe Zone committee sends a message that sexual orientations and gender presentations are part of our culture and are acknowledged and supported.

Safe Zone Events & Training Dates


Safe Zone Emergency Fund

Safe Zone Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to LGBTQIA students at UM facing financial hardship.

To apply, please contact a Safe Zone committee member, listed below.

To make a one-time or monthly donation to the fund, please visit Annual Giving, and select “Safe Zone Emergency Fund” from the Designation drop down menu.

Meetings and Events in the Montevallo community

Spectrum (UM’s Gender/Sexuality Alliance)
Date: Meets every other Wednesday
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Comer Hall 205
Contact the Spectrum President, with any Spectrum questions.

Montevallo PFLAG
Date: Meets every fourth Tuesday of every month.
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Forbes House, 820 Vine Street in Montevallo

Contact Us:

Emily Gill – Safe Zone Committee Chair
Jennifer Rickel,
Stephen Craft,
Cedric Norman,
Bree Roberts,
Greg Samuels,
Jana Musselwhite,
Mike Price,
Sierra Turner,
Grace Bagwell,

People in Crisis:

Free and confidential Central Alabama Crisis Line, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week: 205.323.7777,

Free and confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week: 1.800.273.TALK(8255),

Free and confidential Trans Lifeline– Transgender Crisis Line: 877.565.8860,

Local/Regional Resources

ACLU of AlabamaAlabama Safe Schools CoalitionAssociation for LGBT Issues in Counseling of AlabamaBirmingham AIDS OutreachBirmingham ShoutCampaign for Southern EqualityCentral Alabama PrideEquality AlabamaFree2Be GLBT Advocacy & Youth ServicesHuman Rights Campaign AlabamaLGBTQ+ Scholarship ResourcesMagic City Acceptance ProjectPFLAG- a Family and Ally organization – BirminghamPFLAG- a Family and Ally organization – MontevalloSouthern Poverty Law CenterTrans in the South – A Guide to Resources and Services

National Resources

Asexual Visibility and Education NetworkBisexual.orgBrown Boi ProjectCampus PrideChildren of Lesbians and Gays EverywhereConsortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource ProfessionalsGLSEN – Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education NetworkGLAAD – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against DefamationGLBT National Help CenterGay and Lesbian Medical AssociationGay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical ProfessionalsHuman Rights CampaignImmigration EqualityIt Gets Better ProjectLambda LegalMovement Advancement ProjectNational Center for Lesbian RightsNational Center for Transgender EqualityNational LBGTQ Task ForceNational Black Justice CoalitionOrganization Intersex International United StatesOut and Equal Workplace AdvocatesPFLAG – a Family and Ally OrganizationPoint Foundation – National LGBTQ Scholarship FundReaching Out – LGBT MBA StudentsTrans – HealthThe Trevor Project

LGBT+ Faith Organizations

Affirmation LGBT Mormons Families & FriendsAssociation of Welcoming and Affirming BaptistsCenter for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and MinistryDignity USA – GLBT CatholicsHRC Religion and Faith ResourcesIntegrity (GLBT Episcopalians)JQ International – LGBTQ Jewish & Ally CommunityMore Light PresbyteriansMuslims for Progressive Values, LGBTQI ResourcesPFLAG Birmingham’s list of local affirming and welcoming communities of faithReconciling Ministries Network – MethodistReconciling Works – Lutherans for full participationOpen and Affirming Coalition of United Church of ChristUnited Universalist Association