LGBTQ+ Survivor Support-LINE:

802-863-0003

PCVT’s SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program’s mission is to end violence and discrimination in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQ+) people in Vermont.

Or, Chat with us online

Hours:

 

Advocates are available Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm & Friday 10am-2pm

PCVT closures may apply (e.g., holiday, weather, etc.) and individual’s availability may vary.

 

Transformative Justice & Community Accountability Learning Group

Join us virtually!

 Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month

Workshops & Support Groups

Periodically, our team offers workshops and support groups for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence.

If you are interested, please email safespace@pridecentervt.org and let us know what you’re interested in (e.g., relationship skills workshops, LGBTQ+ survivor support groups, or something else) and that you’d like to stay in the loop.

Resources for Supporting Trans People

Gustavo Mercado Muñiz, Transgender Program Coordinator & SafeSpace Advocate, recently wrote a blog highlighting key resources for supporting Trans People.

“We have been fighting this for centuries, with trans folx of color leading the charge.” – Gustavo

LGBTQ+ Survivor Drop-In Space

Join advocates virtually in a drop-in space!  Every 2nd & 4th Monday 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Direct Service

SafeSpace advocates provide free and confidential emotional support, advocacy, and resources for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence and discrimination. 

Support and Relationship Skills Groups offered periodically.

Contact Us: 802-863-0003 (866-869-7341 toll-free) or safespace@pridecentervt.org

En Español: WhatsApp 802-860-7812 

Please Note: electronic communication may pose risks to confidentiality. 

sYSTEMS aDVOCACY

SafeSpace strives to be present in statewide and national conversations having systemic implications for LGBTQ+ survivors in Vermont. 

Committee participation is prioritized based on advocate availability and capacity. If you know of a statewide or national opportunity for supporting LGBTQ+ survivors that you feel we should be a part of, please email skylar@pridecentervt.org.

 

Trainings and Outreach

We provide informational programs for the purpose of educating people about language, inclusivity, and interrupting bias in a variety of settings impacting survivors. 

To submit a workshop or training request, please complete this form.

Our standard LGBTQ+ inclusivity training has been offered to over 1100 Vermont service providers in 2019 alone, and received an average review of 4.9/5.0 based on a likelihood to recommend.

Meet the Team!

We have a small team of passionate and dedicated staff, interns, and volunteers offering a variety of free and confidential services centering Vermont’s LGBTQ+ Survivors.

Interested in Volunteering?

SafeSpace Volunteer or Intern

Click here to apply to volunteer with SafeSpace!

We are not currently accepting internship applications,

Tell Us More About You

After completing the volunteer or internship application above, please email safespace@pridecentervt.org introducing yourself to the team.

We’d love to know a bit about you! Such as, name/pronouns, your favorite quote about social justice and/or survivors, what motivates you to get involved with LGBTQ+ anti-violence work, and how many hours a week/month you would like to volunteer/intern with us. Please also include the best way for us to contact you.

We have a variety of ways you could get involved that are constantly changing! Some are more behind the scenes and some involve directly working with survivors, all of which are important to keeping our services up and running and increasing our abilities to serve LGBTQ+ survivors statewide.

Willow

they/them/theirs or she/her/hers

SafeSpace Advocate, MSW Volunteer

Ask Me About: Pondering Gender and Sexuality (PGS), my dog Dillon, and SafeSpace Relationship Skills workshops!

About Willow

Willow Stein, MSW (they/them or she/her) is a volunteer at SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center of Vermont and co-facilitates Pondering Gender and Sexuality, a group for all questions and questioners, focusing on the intersections of sexuality, gender, identity, and social norms.  Willow has long been a creature with great curiosity and an amiable kettle-stirrer, as well as a survivor of emotional and sexual violence.  They strive to practice collaboratively and kindly, to build and strengthen community, and to empower other survivors to recover and use their voices.  Before their MSW, Willow studied studio arts and creative writing, and enjoys pottery, poetry, and gardening.

Anne

she/her/hers

Interim SafeSpace Anti-Violence Director

Ask Me About: Women’s Programming & SafeSpace Relationship Skills Groups!

About Anne

Anne is an advocate with the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program. Originally from the Midwest, she first moved to Vermont to attend UVM, where she received undergraduate degrees in German and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Anne comes to the Pride Center and returns to Vermont after two years in Sweden, where she received a masters of social science in Gender Studies: Intersectionality and Change. While abroad, Anne worked with LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees, an experience which sparked her passion for advocacy within the LGBTQ+ community. Anne is excited to be furthering her advocacy work at the Pride Center – and to be back in Vermont!

In addition to working with the SafeSpace program, Anne is a coordinator for Glow, a program for LGBTQ+ women and people who are women-aligned. Since Glow is a relatively new program, feel free to send her an email with any questions you might have about the program or about Glow’s mission to create inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ women and people who are women-aligned in Vermont.

Gustavo

they/them/theirs

Transgender Program Coordinator 

Ask Me About: Transgender Programming like Transpire, Support Groups, Thrive (QTPOC) and Non-Binary Tea Time!

About Gustavo

Gustavo is a queer, non-binary puertorriqueñe born and raised on the island, and they are excited to work as our Transgender Program Coordinator, supporting and uplifting a community that means so much to them. They are a recent graduate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on intersectional feminism and its roots in communities of color. They are a passionate LGBTQIA+ and racial activist who wants to work on making spaces more accessible and safe for all folks in the community and the intersections of their identities.

Gustavo is always open to learning more about identities and the ways that they can be challenging and empowering for folks here in Vermont. Being very new to the state, they are looking forward to exploring a new place and meeting wonderful new people. In this role Gustavo hopes to help create networks of care and empowerment for all of us in the trans (and overall LGBTQIA+) community. Gustavo is a hugger, avid reader, Beyoncé stan, and will never say no to good vegetarian food!

Report discrimination, hate violence, and intimate partner violence anonymously.