Digital safe spaces

Safe spaces are more than just physical spaces

Introduction

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 space a safe space?

A digital 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 spaces should we ensure are safe spaces?

Digital 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 spaces you may encounter include (but are not limited to):

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

You can do any of the following: