safe space


Definition of safe space

: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations … student volunteers put up posters advertising that a "safe space" would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.— Judith Shulevitz Women, sexual assault victims, people of color, transgender students. College campuses have created "safe spaces" for all sorts of marginalized groups.— Catherine Rampell

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Think of it as a smaller version of Soundset, with a focus on shining light on local artists and offering a safe space for LGBTQ people. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s own live hip-hop band Heiruspecs set to play two free outdoor concerts," 5 July 2019 More than many of the other Democratic candidates, Mr. de Blasio may operate inside a liberal safe space, surrounded by supporters in the labor movement and on the left. New York Times, "De Blasio’s Guevara Lesson: What He Says in New York Should Stay in New York," 28 June 2019 These safe spaces, which provide a haven away from weapons, crime and often chaotic home lives, are needed now more than ever. Natalie Gil,, "We Asked Young People What Will Stop Knife Crime In London, Here's Their Answer," 20 June 2019 This kind of abuse can have a huge impact on someone’s mental health and as a responsible title, @hellomag wants to lead the way and keep our platforms a positive, safe space to be. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Palace Tackles Online Threats and Abuse Towards Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton," 28 Jan. 2019 He and fellow board members were told they weren’t capable of holding a safe space or moving the conversation forward. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019 Team Dresch shows created safe spaces for queers in a time when it was needed, but also, those spaces are still sought out and needed. Kat Jetson, Billboard, "Queercore Pioneers Team Dresch on Reuniting: 'We Just Love the Sh-t Out of Each Other'," 20 June 2019 This year, the festival is also doubling down on its investments in the campground plazas and safe spaces. Bailey Pennick, Fortune, "How Bonnaroo’s Elevated Campground Experiences Are Taking the Festival Beyond the Lineup," 12 June 2019 Camp Nelson was a Union supply site that became a crucial safe space within the slave-holding state for African-Americans fleeing slavery, and became a major training recruitment center for black Union soldiers. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "10 places that will be protected by Congress’s new public lands bill," 27 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of safe space

1970, in the meaning defined above

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