SafeCville: Safe Space Training


SAFECville_SAFEVirginia_LOGOAbout the Training We Offer

60-90 minute safe-space training introduces your business or organization to terminology and concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity, drawing from statistics relating to the culture, discrimination, legal status, historical context, and challenges that define, relate to, and inform the LGBTQ community increase cultural sensitivity and encourage respect and empathy.

We can tailor the training to your specific needs. Trained organizations can showcase their status as a safe space with stickers, get listed on the Cville Pride website, enjoy other promotions.

What Exactly is a “Safe Space”?

We distinguish between places that are “welcoming” and places that are “safe.” 

Partners in this coalition include:

  • Cville Pride
  • City of Charlottesville Office of Human Rights
  • Side by Side
  • Blue Ridge PFLAG
  • UVA LGBTQ Center

Who has been trained?

  • PVCC
  • SARA
  • SHE
  • JMRL Library
  • Charlottesville High School
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Charlottesville Junior League
  • ReadyKids
  • Charlottesville Dept. of Social Services
  • Albemarle County Dept. of Social Services
  • Refugee Mental Health Summit

Costs & Terms

Nonprofits: FREE


  • Under 15 employees – $50.00
  • 15-25 employees – $100.00
  • 26-100 employees – $150.00

NOTE: Safe-space stickers will only be given if 50% of your staff receives training.

Request a Training Now

Affiliated with UVA? Contact the LGBTQ Center

uva safe space training logoThe University’s Safe Space network is made up of University faculty, staff, and students who are committed to being allies to the entire LGBTQ community.

To find out more information about this program, or to schedule a Safe Space training for your group or department, contact Scott Rheinheimer.

SIDE BY SIDE: Institute for Equality

Side By Side White On BlueThe Institute for Equality supports human service providers and school personnel across Virginia in effectively working with out and questioning youth.  An interactive six-hour training provides a comprehensive introduction.

For more information, send us an email.

Want to be a Trainer?

Leading the Way: Business Alliance & Safe-Spaces

Cville Pride is collaborating with educators and leaders to help local schools, businesses, and organizations become safe-space trained and  visible supporters of the LGBTQ community. Email us if you’d like to be involved.