SafeWordSociety is a collective visioning initiative founded by Kristen Coley, in 2017, to amplify the historically-minimized narratives of Black and brown LGBTQIA+ communities.

Today, we work with organizations & institutions dedicated to supporting impactful dialogue and actionably inclusive environments. Our programming prioritizes lived experiences as a bridge to understanding and promotes lasting collaborations and authentic engagement.

Some of our former partners include the John Jay College, Rutgers University, Ace Hotel New York, Brooklyn Nets, National Museum of African American History and Culture and Weeksville Heritage Center.

oUR MOTTO: Create. Collaborate. Thrive.

Photo by  Alanna Fields

Photo by Alanna Fields


“SafeWordSociety is legendary. SafeWordSociety is necessary. SafeWordSociety is vital for all humans. I thoroughly enjoyed the first #SWSGameNight - I was able to engage in dialogue with people whom I didn't know and hear amazing perspectives to questions that I'd never really thought about nor discussed before. These Visibility Packs are game changers and need to be components to all group gatherings from friends to families, classrooms and beyond.”

- Sir Knight | Co-Founder, BlackTransTv


Launched September 2019.

A Collective Visioning Space for Queer, Trans, Non-Binary+ Students of Color. This group prioritizes impactful dialogue, focused on lived experiences, as crucial tools for authentic engagement and collaboration.

Our first edition is held twice-monthly from September -December, at The University at Albany - SUNY, and in collaboration with their Multicultural Resource Center & Gender & Sexuality Resource Center.


“I am grateful that I found Safeword Society and can continue to grow and learn with them.”

-Madeleine | Workshop Participant


Released February 2018.

This discussion-based card game was created as a collective learning & engagement tool to initiate and enhance safe space discourse, wherever it was played.

Conceptualized by Kristen, with design contribution by Alanna Fields, each pack presented the opportunity to empower players to organize, amplify and participate in supportive discourse. The packs included community submitted questions about everyday topics to foster deeper understandings and collaborations.

Untitled design (2).png


Launched February 2017.

In June 2019, The SafeWordSociety Podcast was donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library - as part of a collection catalogued by Steven G. Fullwood and Miranda Sims, Founders of the Nomadic Archivists Project

For 5 seasons, The SafeWordSociety Podcast used interviews & discussions with thought leaders, influencers and everyday people to navigate the authenticity of identity and spread the tools for revolutionary survival on a daily basis.

“Every episode is always such a pleasure to listen to. Creating the greatest amount of happiness and minimizing pain are the most worthwhile purposes in politics.”

We’re accepting proposals for 2020!

*Please include estimated timeline & budget in your proposal.*

If you’re unsure of what you’d like to develop, reach out anyway!

Name *