Online safe space

 

We welcome both physical/offline spaces (e.g. a street address) and digital/online spaces (e.g. websites). In some areas of the world, 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 online.

What makes an online space a safe space?

An 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 online spaces should we ensure are safe spaces?

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

  • Websites.
  • Apps.
  • 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 online spaces are safe as they may all involve violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

 

What can I do to make 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