When Lucretia McCulley, director of outreach services for Boatwright Memorial Library, first attended Safe Zone training on campus 15 years ago, it was a groundbreaking event. The program, which provides education about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, fostered one of the first open discussions of the topic on Richmond’s campus.
Fast-forward to May 2010, when McCulley attended her second Safe Zone workshop with 30 other faculty and staff members interested in supporting and becoming allies to Richmond’s LGBT community.
As the resource librarian for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, McCulley has built the library’s LGBT collection. At the recent workshop, she found the conversation to be quite different from 1995.