Safe Space


Millsaps College Safe Space ProgramThe purpose of the Safe Space training program is to create a network of allies for persons of minority sexual orientation, and by doing so, making Millsaps College a safer and more supportive place. The main objectives of Safe Space are:

  • To provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning) individuals
  • To support parents, family members, and friends of LGBTQ individuals
  • To foster a social climate in which others do not feel the need to express anti-gay attitudes in order to "fit in"
  • To dispel negative stereotypes and present factually accurate information about LGBTQ individuals
  • To publicize other support resources or structures that are available on or off campus

Who participates in the Safe Space Program?

Program participants may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, or heterosexual individuals of the Millsaps College community. Participants must be respectful of confidentiality and supportive of all people, including those who are LGBTQ, to participate fully, equally and openly in the life of this community, without fear or harassment of discrimination. Safe Space participants are informed about pertinent Millsaps' policies, and both on and off campus resources for LGBTQ individuals.

When you see a Safe Space sticker, this person will:

  • Be informed with accurate and current information on LGBTQ issues.
  • Help to create an atmosphere of safety and support, including how it affects LGBTQ students and staff.
  • Respect confidentiality concerning questions about LGBTQ issues.
  • Be aware of services available to LGBTQ youth and adults, including support groups, hotlines, and other community resources.
  • Challenge hate speech, name-calling, harassment, and discrimination, and real or threatened violence as it pertains to LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, families or those perceived to be LGBTQ.


Safe Space Allies

The following faculty, staff, students and friends of Millsaps College are Safe Space "Allies," available to talk openly and confidentially with anyone dealing with LGBTQ issues.

*All Resident Assistants and Foundations Leaders

  • Zane Ballard
  • Merrilee Bufkin
  • Ariel Decoteau
  • Katherine Henry
  • Molly Knight
  • Betsy Kohut
  • Alex Melnick
  • Austin McCarter
  • Alex Morphew
  • Karam Rahat
  • Thomas Ratcliff
  • Zach Russell
  • Savannah Sykes
  • Alex Tschudin
  • Parker Welch
  • Kaitlyn Welch 
  • Candace Wheeler


  • Kathie Adams, Coordinator of Records Office
  • Diane Baker, Associate Professor of Management
  • Zeke Bandy, Coordinator of Residence Life
  • Richard Boada, Professor of English 
  • Josh Brooks, Athletic Director
  • Kim Burke, Professor of Accounting
  • Patrick Cooper, Director of Residence Life
  • Liz Egan, Writing Center Director
  • Ramon Figueroa, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Harvey Fiser, Associate Professor of Business Law
  • Peter Friedrich, Professor of Theatre
  • Patrick Hopkins, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Beth Hussa, Professor of Biology 
  • Martha Johnston, Administrative Assistant to Student Life
  • Monica Jovanovich-Kelley, Professor of Art History
  • Brit Katz, Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Alex Lawson, Coordinator of Events Scheduling, Conferences and Camps
  • Melissa Lea, Professor of Psychology
  • Tonya Nations, Director of Career Center
  • Brittney Paxton, Coordinator of Campus Life
  • Shelli Poe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
  • Dani Rossano, Millsaps Admissions Counselor
  • Stephen Smith, Millsaps Admissions Transfer Coordinator 
  • Jennifer Tompkins, Secretary and Program Assistant, Continuing Education
  • Kristen Tordella-Williams, Professor of Studio Art
  • Lola Williamson, Professor of Religious Studies
  • Michelle Wheeler, Student Life Intern 


LGBTQ Resources

Campus Resources

Counseling Services: ext. 1206
(located on the third floor of College Center)

Wesson Health Center: ext. 1207
(located on the bottom floor of the College Center)

Millsaps Friends and Family Pride Coalition (FFPC)

Mississippi Resources:

Mississippi Rainbow Alliance 
Mississippi Gulf Coast Gay Community Social Club

Unity Mississippi

USM Gay/Straight Alliance

Mississippi State University (MSU) Spectrum 

The University of Mississippi Gay/Straight Alliance

ACLU of Mississippi

PFLAG of Jackson, MS

Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition 

Equality Mississippi 
(Activism and education organization promoting equality for Mississippi homosexuals)
P.O. Box 6021 Jackson, MS 39288; (601)936-7673,

Outoberfest (annual gay festival organized by Unity Mississippi)

Unity Mississippi

Camp Sister Spirit
P.O. Box 12 Ovett, MS 39464 (601)344-2005

Mississippi Gay/Lesbian Alliance
5565 Robinson Road Extension, Suite "Q"  Jackson, MS 39204; (601) 371-3019

Southern AIDS Commission/Jackson Office 
P.O. Box 8457 Jackson, MS 39284; (601)371-3019

AIDS information hotline for Mississippi 

Grace House


GLBT General Information

GLNH: Gay & Lesbian National Hotline: 888.843.4564 
Monday - Friday, 6:00-11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

HIV/AIDS Information: 800.342.2437
National AIDS Info Line
24 hours a day, seven days a week



Support for GLBT Youth: 800.850.8078
Trevor Helpline Crisis Intervention for LGBTQ Youth
24 hours a day, seven days a week

LYRIC Helpline: 800.969.6884  (800.96YOUTH)
Monday through Saturday, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time

IYG National Hotline: 800.347.8336
Friday & Saturday, 7:00-10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time


Internet Resources 
The Trevor Project operates the nations only 24/7 crisis & suicide prevention helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1700 Kalorama Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-2624; (202) 332-6483;
Bisexual Resource Center
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (IGLA)
The Point Foundation (provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity) (Internet site with links to variety of  LGB information/programs: news, entertainment,  travel, chat rooms, support/discussion groups),
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Pride Institute (leading provider of in-patient and out-patient programs devoted exclusively to treating the mental health and chemical dependency needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community), 800-54-PRIDE is an online bookstore which publishes books for LGBT families
GLBT National Help Center: The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedication to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. They provide telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
Human Rights Campaign - Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights
919 18th Street N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006; (202) 628-4160
National Center for Lesbian Rights 
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network 
BiNet USA - Information/Resources on Bisexuality. 
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Gay Men's Health Crisis
YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people.
Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. 
Expanding the range and depth of knowledge about contemporary and historical queer art. Be sure to check out the archive!
The Advocate: national gay and lesbian news magazine.
A gay and lesbian perspective on style, entertainment, fashion, the arts, politics, culture, and the world at large.


GLBT Book Resource List

Bass, E. and Kaufman, K. (1996).  Free your mind: The book for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and their allies.  New York: Harper Perennial.

Berzon, B. (1996).  Setting Them Straight: You Can Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life.  Plume.

Berzon, B. (Ed.). (1992). Positively gay.  Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts.

Berzon, B. (1988).  Permanent Partners: Building gay and lesbian relationships that last. New York: Plume.

Curry, H., Clifford, D., and Leonard, R. (revised every year).  A legal guide for lesbian and gay couples.  Berkeley: Nolo Press.

Degeneres, B. (2000) Just A Mom.  Advocate Books.

Degeneres, B. (2000) Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey.  Quill.

Fairchild, B. and Hayward, N. (1989). Now that you know: What every parent should know about homosexuality (Updated ed.). San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Martin, A. (1993). The lesbian and gay parenting handbook.  New York: HarperPerennial.

McNeil, J.J. (1988). Taking a chance on God: Liberating theology for gays, lesbians, and their lovers, families, and friends. Beacon Press.

Scanzoni, L.D. and Mollenkott, V.R. (1994). Is the homosexual my neighbor? A positive Christian response (rev. and updated ed.). HarperSanFrancisco.

Schulenberg, J. (1985). Gay parenting: A complete guide for gay men and lesbians with children.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Spong, J.S. (1988). Living in sin? A bishop rethinks human sexuality. HarperSanFrancisco.


GLBT Legal Services and Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi, (601)355-6464
National ACLU, Web Site -
National ACLU Gay and Lesbian Rights Project, 132 W. 43 rd St., New York, NY 10036;
(212) 549-2500 ext. 545; Contact Name: Lisa Bordeau, Staff Attorney

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)  
294 Washington St. Suite 740, Boston, MA  02108; (617) 426-1350
Contact Name: Andrea Hilderbran

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Headquarters in NY


Local GLBT friendly Congregations

Safe Harbor Family Church 
2147 Henry Hill Drive, Suite 203 Jackson, MS 39204 (601)923-2728

Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson
4866 North State Street Jackson, MS 39206 (601)982-5919

Wells United Methodist Church
2019 Bailey Ave., Jackson, MS 39213