Moorpark College is committed to creating a nurturing atmosphere rich in learning experiences, free of fear and discrimination for all. To this end, the SAFEZONE training program was developed to support LGBTQ+ students, employees, and allies.
The SAFEZONE emblem not only signifies a pledge of commitment, but that the person displaying the placard has been trained to support this unique population. It was through the dedication of the MC SAFEZONE committee and the help of The Gay Alliance, College of the Canyons, and Bakersfield College that MC's training program was developed.
Moorpark College is committed to the equitable treatment of employees and students in the LGBTQ+ community. If you have concerns or suggestions about how to create a more welcoming space for individuals or the community as a whole, please contact:
Dean of Student Learning-Conduct/BIT, English, Humanities, ESL, & Student Life
7075 Campus Road -Division Office LLR-314
Moorpark, CA 93021
There are several All-Gender restrooms on the MC Campus, and now all 2nd floor restrooms of the Academic Center (AC) building are all gender. (The restrooms on the 1st and 3rd floors are still single-gender.)
The second-floor restroom at EATM is an All-Gender restroom.
Entrance to the Child Dev. Ctr. (CDC)
Once in the CDC, there are 4 all-gender toilet rooms like this one.
When entering the CDC you have to wait at the entrance to be "buzzed in" by a friendly receptionist.
Signage for AG restrooms in AC building.
AG restroom in the field house with football field in the background.
AG restroom in field house on flag pole end of the football stadium.
SAFEZONE Local and National Resource Guide
Mission Statement: "We seek the betterment of our LGBTQ+ and ally students through friendship, education, and social support."
Spectrum meets regularly:
2nd Tuesday & 4th Wednesday of each month
Spectrum hosts movie nights and offers field trip opportunities for conferences and other LGBTQ+ activism fronts.
To learn more, contact the club representative.
The MC Student Health Center is an excellent on-campus resource for enrolled students. It offers 6 free sessions of psychological counseling as well as a myriad of medical services and health education outreach events through its experienced medical, nursing, and psychiatric staff.
Call or visit for an appointment:
Admin. Bldg. Rm A-111
Diversity Collective of Ventura County
(From its website.) Diversity Collective Ventura County is a community based non profit 501c3 organization. Promoting advocacy, education, and mental and physical health for the LGBTQ community in Ventura County, California via our community resource center, programs and community events. We are the parent organization of Ventura County Pride, AIDS Walk Ventura and The Diversity Gala. All proceeds raised through fundraising efforts go to fund DCVC and it's community programs.
Weekly meetings for youth age 133-23
The Coalition for Family Harmony
Drop-in Support Group open to all people 18 and over
who identify as Transgender or Gender-fluid. Free of charge.
Pride Clinic, Santa Paula West
254 W. Harvard Blvd. #C
For more information, please call (805) 299-0200
This link will take you to an outline of the journey to acceptance that LGBT* individuals and their families experience, described in stages.
Runaway and homeless youth shelter services (ages 12-17)
www.211la.org/Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Mental Health Crisis: 911 or 866-998-2243
Medical Emergency: 911
Abuse/Rape/Domestic Violence: 805-656-1111
Alcohol/Drug Services: 805-577-1724
Information and Referral Services
Ventura County: Dial 211 or go to http://www.211ventura.org
LA County: https://www.211la.org/
The Homeless Youth Handbook provides homeless youth and youth-serving organizations with resources state-by-state, and has LGBTQ+ specific section.
The Trevor Project is an excellent online resource for LGBTQ people and allies. It has 24/7 phone, text, and chat lines, and all kinds of other resources.
Lambda Legal describes itself as "...the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work."
According to its website: "The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.
By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country."
From the website: "This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us. Our hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves. Our volunteers are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the lives of transgender people."
This pamphlet, produced by Each Mind Matters is a helpful guide to understanding the basics of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. It offers suggestions to aid in the "coming out" process, as well as some guidance about if and when mental health is in jeopardy/what to do to get help.
From the website: "Founded in 2001, GCN is an international network of Christians working for fully inclusive Christian community and a world where all people are treated as the beloved children of God. It is our mission to transform attitudes toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and bring about a day when the church is the biggest ally and defender of LGBT people rather than a chief opponent..."
The following Moorpark College faculty and staff members are trained and ready to listen.
Asst. Professor of Psychology
Professor of Math
Professor of Criminal Justice
Technical Director, PAC
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Biology
DSPS Specialist/ASL Interpreter
Professor of Music
Professor of Art History/Internship Adv.
Theater Arts Dept
Eric Lopez, Custodial Supervisor
Professor of Phys & Astron
Tutorial Specialist II
Tutorial Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Education Assistant
I see the SAFEZONE placard in various places around campus. What does it signify?
The SAFEZONE placard identifies the bearer or poster as someone that pledges commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, and ally individuals. In order to earn the right to post or bear the placard, attendance at a special SAFEZONE training is required.
I have transitioned and would like to change the personal information on my school records. How do I do that?
To change your personal information in your VCCCD records you just need to complete and submit the Request to Change Personal Information form, also downloadable below.
I have not changed my name legally yet, but wish to have a different name on class rosters. How do I do that?
To change your name as it appears on class rosters, simply send an email from your @my.vcccd.edu to either of these email addresses:
email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the following verbiage:
To Whom it May Concern in Admissions and Records,
My name as it appears in MC records and class rosters is [fill in your legal name]. I would like my name to appear on class rosters as [fill in the name you want to see on class rosters] from now on.
If you have any questions, please contact David Anter.
I graduated from Moorpark College before I transitioned, and would like a new diploma with my correct name on it. How do I do that?
To obtain a new diploma with the correct name on it, you complete and submit the Duplicate Degree/Certificate Request form or you can download it here.
I have transitioned and would now like to change my birth certificate. What is the procedure?
According to Lambda Legal, it depends upon the state, each with its own laws, procedures, and fees. By the way, Lambda Legal is worth a visit: www.lambdalegal.org. This non-profit organization has all kinds of state-by-state info on legal rights for LGBTQ people covering topics such as document change, healthcare, marriage, parenting, and more.
How would a trans man or woman make a gender change in a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued documents?
The National Centre for Transgender Equality is a one-stop shop for information on both federal- and state-issued document changes, along with downloadable forms for many requests.
Why do we need to use all the terms (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, tran*, queer, etc.)? Don't they divide instead of unite?
Think of it like this: To a non-surfer, a surfboard is something that you stand on to float on the water; a wave is just water moving in an interesting shape. But to a surfer there are long boards, short boards, guns, hybrids, and so on. Waves vary as well. Although all surfers share some common concerns (eg: beach health, safety, access), they consider the kind of surfer they are as an important form of self-identification.
Realistically, this does risk fractures of a minority group (think women vs. Black right to vote. Both were "rights" issues, but these groups clearly have significant cultural differences). Often, larger communities made up of multiple subgroups gain political and social footing by joining forces, while maintaining a strong sense of identity within the subgroup, as does the LGBTQ+ community. For more info, check this out.
Readings and Stories
Understanding the Sex/Gender/Sexuality Spectrum
Historical Look at Gender and Colonialism
Research Based on Cass Model
If you like reading research, check this out!
We will use this space to build a repository of classroom and service area resources to help build a more inclusive campus. Please check back often, as we will be continually adding new information. Have a great idea? Let us know! We would be happy to share!
PowerPoint Resources for the start of class:
Consider including an introductory slide or two to actively indicate that your class is a safe space for all. Here is a sample PowerPoint. Feel free to use this, or modify the information and make it your own! Some of the resources are specific to the MC campus.
Not yet Safezone trained:
Even if you are not yet safezone trained, we encourage you to include an inclusive introductory slide or two. Although you cannot display the specific SZ logo yet, here are some sample PowerPoint slides and resources. Feel free to use these, or modify the information and make it your own! Some of the resources are specific to the MC campus.
Asking about names and pronouns:
Asking about a student's name or pronouns can feel tricky. Here are some resources and suggestions to help!
Before class survey
Consider doing a class survey at the start of the semester to provide students the opportunity to share about themselves. Surveys are one of the best ways to provide a safe, low-pressure opportunity for students to share about themselves. We included some sample questions that can help facilitate the process. Fell free to use these, add other questions, or make it your own. However, it is important to remember that not all students are in a safe environment, and guardian oversight may make it difficult to communicate about their identity. Therefore, consider the survey format and if answers will be hidden or not. We included the "...should I use for you in this space" element to acknowledge that names and pronouns may change depending on the space a student is in.
Introductory emails about names and pronouns can be fun! Although not all students may be in a space to communicate about their name or pronouns via email, an email asking about names and pronouns can let students know that you care. It can also provide a space to share useful resources.
We loved this email from a professor so much, that with her permission, we thought we would share as a model for inspiration.
Remember, try to avoid using the term "preferred," as it can indicate another option or reduce someone's sense of identity.
There are many ways that one can inquire about names and pronouns.
A few general guidelines to consider:
- In general, avoid adding "preferred" when asking a question about names and pronouns. Here is an article explaining why "preferred" should be dropped.
- It is nice to specify "in this space" as to acknowledge that not all spaces are the same for people. Here is a source that elaborates.
- Always set the example by providing your own name/pronouns first.
In person? Consider handing out an index card with the following questions "Name? Can I use it in class? Pronouns? Can I use them in class?" Read more on why this professor does it.
Bias-free language in academics
Understanding LGBTQ+ legislation and advocacy:
Did you know "more than 10% of LGBTQ+ voters, more than a quarter of transgender voters, and over 40% of BIPOC transgender voters were unable to vote due to being unknowingly dropped from the voter rolls" (HRC)? Read more about voting barriers for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The Equality Act has already passed in the House but needs to pass in the Senate. Learn more about how you can help advocate for the Equality Act.
Lawmakers across the country have recently proposed a number of bills that target the transgender community. Learn more about the truth behind these bills.
See state maps that show the laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ people in areas of non-discrimination, healthcare, youth, and more.
Specific Anti-LGBTQ+ bill examples
Legislation Affecting LGBTQ+ People
Conversion therapy costs an estimate $9.23 billion dollars a year in the United States. Read more on why.