April is Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (SVAPM). While our SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program works to raise awareness around the specific needs of LGBTQ+ survivors every month, this April we are amplifying our important work.
This has been an unbelievably difficult year. Our community (staff & interns included) are experiencing all-time highs of anxiety, depression, isolation, fatigue, and burn-out. The LGBTQ+ community is being disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic and our community is having to hold too many financial and health inequities brought on and exacerbated by the pandemic. We are all exhausted, hurting, and just trying to survive. This burden is even more intense for people living with and/or healing from harm; it is difficult to cultivate spaces of hope and healing when we are in survival mode.
LGBTQ+ SURVIVOR SUPPORT-LINE: 802-863-0003
“It’s work to be hopeful. It’s not like a fuzzy feeling. Like, you have to actually put in energy, time, and you have to be clear-eyed, and you have to hold fast to having a vision. It’s a hard thing to maintain. But it matters to have it, to believe that it’s possible, to change the world.”
And while hope is a discipline (nod to Mariame Kaba), we imagine queer communities that are free to hope, free to manifest pleasure, safety, joy, celebration, freedom of movement, and just live our regular, boring everyday lives.
Specifically because it has been so challenging to cultivate hope and healing this past year, SafeSpace wants to honor Queer SVAPM by celebrating visions of liberation from violence and harm. We have done this by curating the resources below which focus specifically on cultivating collective liberation. These resources represent a range of queer SVAPM-related materials and we hope that you find something for yourself here. And please, if you are a queer survivor of violence and have something that has helped your healing, share it with our team!
We hope you find this blog post to be a soft place to land after a difficult pandemic year. Here’s to safety, support, connection, and a life free of violence and fear.
Violence is a community issue and one that can have community solutions. The majority of people who experience violence turn to their friends, family, and community when first seeking help. It’s therefore important that every one of us know how to support someone who is disclosing their experiences of violence….
A video series that focuses on questions like: What do we mean when we talk about transformative justice and accountability? What does a survivor-centered response look like in practice? …
Are you an LGBTQ+ survivor of violence who is looking for community & connection? If so, grab your tea and/or crafting supplies and join us for a survivor drop-in space, hosted by SafeSpace advocates.
As trans and GNC people in the world, we experience many things that are unique to our identities. For that reason, the Transgender Program hosts a support group for our community on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:00 pm.