In this edition, we're providing you with a selection of articles and resources specific to working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities.
The first article is specific to sexual assault and advocacy work in LGBT communities, with many thanks to Chai Jindasurat and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) for their extensive work on this topic and for the article on LGBTQ Sexual Violence they wrote for this edition of the ReShape. The next articles feature the work of three coalitions who are spearheading innovative initiatives that support LGBT communities.
Other resources include critical information about working with LGBT communities to support survivors and resources on a variety of social and health issues impacting LGBT communities.
Thanks to Gabby Santos from the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV), Wendi Pazik from the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) and Katherine Taylor from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) for their contributions to this newsletter edition. And many thanks to all of you for your work in your communities.
Please note: The LGBT community does not speak with a single voice therefore different organizations use different acronyms to discuss the community, the most common being LGBT. However, this representation is not universal, therefore you will see various representations throughout this newsletter based upon the identifier used by the organization discussed. Some groups, particularly young people are comfortable with Queer, but not everyone is comfortable with that terminology. As you work with LGBT communities it is important to be mindful of the terminology and definitions communities use to refer to themselves. There are several resources included in this newsletter that discuss terminology and how to remain perceptive to the complexities of identity while collaborating with LGBT organizations and communities.
LGBTQ Sexual Violence, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) Training and Technical Assistance Center. Read the article here.
Gender Positive Systems Advocacy Committee, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Read the article here.
Building a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Movement within Your Coalition: The Journey of PCAR’s LGBTQ Workgroup, Katherine Taylor, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s LGBTQ Workgroup. Read the article here.
LGBTQ Inclusivity Assessment Tools: The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs' (NCAVP) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTA) has developed organizational needs assessments for statewide coalitions and local direct service organizations to identify areas of growth to become fully LGBTQ-inclusive. Areas of your organization assessed include internal policies and procedures, training, outreach, resource knowledge, relationship with local LGBTQ communities, and organizational environment. NCAVP's TTA Center is available to support your organization and provide technical assistance in these areas. If your organization would like to take the needs assessment, contact NCAVP's TTA Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focusing on Pride (Part 1): Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Survivors of Sexual Assault(2010), California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Focusing on Pride (Part 2): Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Survivors of Sexual Assault (2010), California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Reports on Hate Crimes from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
Why It Matters: Rethinking Assistance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Victims of Hate Violence & Intimate Partner Violence (2010): A Joint Policy Report by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
Setting the Stage: Strategies for Supporting LGBTIQ Survivors (2010), Connections, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
Building Communities: Autonomous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People of Color Organizations in the U.S. (2008) Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues
Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit (2012): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Special Collection: Sexual Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer (LGBTIQ) Communities (2011): VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) Language: Language for Advocates, Counselors, and Practitioners in the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement (2012): Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
The Network/La Red: The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities.
The Northwest Network: The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country.
FORGE: FORGE was founded in 1994 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to provide peer support primarily to those on the female-to-male (FTM) gender spectrum and local Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFAs). Over the years, our scope has grown to include everyone in the transgender community (which we define as including SOFFAs), and many of our programs have become national.
In Our Own Voices: Serving the needs to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of Color, our Friends and Families.
The Brown Boi Project: The Brown Boi Project is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: NCAVP works to prevent, respond to and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities.
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project: The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) is a Missouri 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes advocacy and education to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.