A safe space isn’t a safe space just because you say that it is.
Just like you’re not an ally just because you believe you are and want to be one.
The group of people you’re leading or facilitating gets to decide whether it’s a safe space.
They decide this based on your behaviour and choices over time, not based on the words you say.
Just like othered individuals and communities get to decide whether you are an ally.
They decide this based on your behaviour and choices over time, not based on the labels you use.
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