Digital and online safe space

 

We welcome both physical/offline spaces (e.g. a street address or mobile unit) and digital/online spaces (e.g. apps, websites, or software). In some areas of the world, digital/online spaces may be the only form of safe space possible, particularly where being part of the LGBTQI+ community is illegal. In addition, there are many individuals, businesses, and organisations that operate solely in digital/online space.

What makes a digital/online space a safe space?

A digital/online safe space is defined in the same way as a physical space. They are both spaces where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear, and they are both spaces that do not tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

 

What type of digital/online spaces should we ensure are safe spaces?

Digital/online spaces may be experienced through a range of devices including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, mobile phone, television, games console, custom devices (e.g. a virtual reality headset), and more. Types of digital/online spaces you may encounter include (but are not limited to):

  • Apps.
  • Websites.
  • Discussion forums.
  • Social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
  • SMS and instant messaging services (e.g. WhatsApp, Viber, and Messenger).
  • Online games: single or multiplayer games.
  • Videoconferencing (e.g. Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime).
  • Video streaming services (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube).
  • Music streaming services (e.g. Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Apple Music).

We should ensure all types of digital/online spaces are safe as they may all involve violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

 

What can I do to make digital/online spaces safe?

You can do any of the following:

  • Consult our growing list of safe space resources in the RESOURCES section.
  • Seek and request training. Your local LGBTQI+ community organisation may be able to provide training for you.
  • Contact us direct for advice at contact@safespacealliance.com