LGBTQ Safety

LGBTQ Safety Tips

Walking

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Try and walk in well-lit areas, with other people around.
  • Walk in groups, or with others nearby.
  • Don't display or count your money where others can see you.
  • Conceal your technology (i-pads, cell phones, etc).
  • Be cautious when approached by strangers.
  • If confronted by someone, try not to verbally engage with them. Drugs, alcohol, or mental illness may be driving their behaviors so your safest course is to disengage and not escalate the situation.
  • If anyone attempt to rob you, either by threats or with a weapon, do not resist. It is not worth risking your life or physical injury for the amount of money you will lose.

NOTE: someone calling you a derogatory name is not a crime. It is a constitutionally protected free speech. If the comments are accompanied by threats, threatening behavior, or physical harm, it then becomes a crime.

Driving

  • Practice defensive driving
  • Don't compete with other drivers
  • Don't engage in insults and/or gestures with other drivers
  • Keep your distance from aggressive drivers
  • Report aggressive driving to 911

Partying

  • When leaving a party or a bar, travel in groups. Criminals will focus on lone pedestrians.
  • Don't get in stranger's cars.
  • Call a cab, sober friend or family member to take you home. DUI's are dangerous to everyone, and they cost a lot of money.

Meeting People Online or through Dating Apps

  • If you meet someone, tell your friends where you're going & describe the person you're with.
  • Don't volunteer any of your personal information (date of birth, address, etc.).
  • Meet your date in a public place.
  • Try to find out as much about your date as possible.
  • If practical, record your date's vehicle description and license plate number.
  • Save all of your e-mails and texts from the person you're meeting.
  • If your date is making you uncomfortable, don't worry about politeness. LEAVE!
  • If your date begins to stalk or harass you, tell them clearly to stop. If they don't, call 911.

Reporting LGBTQ Student Bullying

The difference between criminal conduct and general "mean" behavior between students can be complicated. School systems' policies and protocols, as well as Washington State law (RCW) defines a variety of conduct that may fall under either "criminal" behavior and/or general conduct violations of school policy. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) students who are experiencing bullying within their Olympia-area schools are encouraged to report these incidents to a trusted adult in your school, Olympia Police, or both so that this type of behavior is documented, investigated and stopped immediately. The Olympia School District encourages you to contact a trusted adult in your school (Teacher, Counselor, Assistant Principal, Nurse or advisor) and/or Jeff Carpenter (District Compliance Officer) at jcarpenter@osd.wednet.edu  or 360.596.8544. Also, the Olympia School District has a SAFE ALERT program you can access.

If you are a student and/or parent within the Olympia Public Schools, please review the below policies relating to Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying: Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying