We all know the Office of the Bishop is a safe place, but now it’s an official Seattle Police Department SAFE PLACE. Any LGBTQ (and others) people who are feeling threatened can take refuge in the Office and remain until the police arrive.
Seattle Police’s SAFE PLACE program involves local supporting community members, businesses, schools and organizations displaying signage to show their support in reducing anti-LGBTQ crimes, reduce LGBTQ student bullying and encourage the reporting of LGBTQ crimes. These are also locations supporting safe and secure places for victims of anti-LGBTQ related crimes and harassment. Calling 911 and waiting for police to respond is essential for holding suspects accountable and reducing hate crimes and harassment in general.
If you want to register your parish as a SAFE PLACE, please apply via the Seattle Police Department site. We encourage you to join with us in serving our communities.
We apologize to those outside Seattle and encourage you to speak with your local police department for how you can participate in similar programs.