by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) Training and Technical Assistance Center
Since 1995, The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has advocated nationally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities experiencing violence. The members of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs have worked to support thousands of LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. LGBTQ sexual violence is a daunting topic to give justice to in a brief article. The complexities, challenges, barriers and unique experiences of LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence are so vast that we will only be able to scratch the surface today.
In the past 10 years, the national political landscape for LGBTQ communities has witnessed important progress, yet we still have much work to do. It is no longer a crime to be LGBTQii (although less than ten years ago this wasn’t the case nationally), a handful of states have full marriage equality for same-gender couples, and the 2009 Mathew Shepard/James Byrd Jr Act added sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes of identities covered in federal hate crime legislation. LGBTQ communities are significantly more out and visible in the media and in pop culture, and the issue of anti-LGBTQ bullying and teen suicide has gained the attention of the nation. At the same time, many states have passed constitutional amendments banning same-gender marriage, there are no federal laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, and sexual violence within and against LGBTQ communities remains an under-acknowledged and under-resourced crisis.
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