LGBTQ Resources

The Alliance is dedicated to providing culturally relevant and accessible services for survivors who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. We also collaborate with LGBTQ groups, organizations, and community leaders throughout the state in an effort to highlight and combat sexual violence in the historically marginalized communities.

  • Perhaps for some of you, I am the face of one of your fears. Because I am a woman, because I am Black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself – a Black woman warrior poet doing my work – come to ask you: are you doing yours?

    — Audre Lorde

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This guide is comprised of resources for sexual assault crisis counselors that work with individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Much of its content is also found on this web page.

Assumptions & Dynamics

The Alliance believes that LGBTQ identities are not the consequence of trauma, but rather valid and beautifully nuanced identities. We believe that LGBTQ people face systemic and historical oppression and experience additional barriers when seeking services. We also believe that self-determination and self-identification are important and integral to a survivor’s identity, and we celebrate the uniqueness of each survivor.

Sexual violence happens in all communities; however, we know that marginalized communities disproportionately experience sexual violence and have less access to interventions when they are victimized. We live in a society that provides rights and privileges to cisgender heterosexual people, but LGBTQ people are not always afforded the same rights and privileges.

LGBTQ people are often viewed as deviant, less than, or other. This societal stigma not only makes LGBTQ people more vulnerable to experiencing violence, but it also creates challenges when LGBTQ survivors seek services. Dominant narratives about sexual violence cast men as perpetrators and women as victims, which contributes to the erasure of LGBTQ survivors and the isolation that many LGBTQ survivors feel.  When advocating for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence, advocates may need to do extra work to build trust with survivors and to ensure that they are providing culturally relevant and accessible services.

  • If I don’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies of me and eaten alive.

    — Audre Lorde

Advocacy & Language

LGBTQ survivors need the same services and support that cisgender heterosexual survivors need; however, when advocating for LGBTQ survivors it is important to be aware of structural inequality and systemic oppression, and its impact on the lives of LGBTQ people. When people from marginalized communities share their experiences with oppression, they are often met with disbelief or are victim blamed. This disbelief can often be traumatic, isolating, and lead to LGBTQ survivors not accessing needed service or interventions.

When working with individuals from LGBTQ communities, it is important to understand the language used. We have compiled a short listing of basic terms and their definitions.

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LGBTQ Organizations in Connecticut

The Triangle Community Center

The Triangle Community Center (TCC) offers resources, a co-sponsored housing program, emergency financial assistance, and other direct services to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield county. TCC also works on HIV/AIDS related outreach, testing initiatives, and creating a more informed LGBTQ community.

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The Rainbow Center at UCONN

The Rainbow Center serves the University of Connecticut’s diverse community of gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities by fostering personal growth, leadership development, and community engagement. It also provides students with resources, services, educational materials, training and advocacy.

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Connecticut Trans Advocacy Coalition

Connecticut Trans Advocacy Coalition (CTAC) aims to make Connecticut a safe and accepting place for the trans and gender non-conforming communities through education and social advocacy. CTAC is dedicated to the attainment of full human rights for all trans and gender non-conforming people.

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Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective (HGLHC) currently provides medical services, dental services, support groups, and health education tailored to LGBTQ communities. HGLHC is especially proud of its services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

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The New Haven Pride Center

New Haven Pride Center was started by activists working to get domestic partnership recognized by the New Haven board of alderman in 1991. It has since changed into a community center that offers a variety of support groups and programming geared toward the LGBTQ community.

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PFLAG Hartford

Founded in 1972 as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. PFLAG Hartford offers support groups, advocacy and education for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ.

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GLSEN Connecticut

GLSEN Connecticut is an accredited chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN Connecticut works to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are over thirty-five chapters around the country, working on a variety of issues, from public policy and teacher training to supporting students and educators.

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True Colors

True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. True Colors organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 3,000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program.

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LGBTQ Organizations Across the Country

GLAAD

Formerly known as Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GLAAD is a national organization that works to ensure adequate and accurate media representation of the LGBTQ community.

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In Our Own Voices

In Our Own Voices (IOOV) develops the leadership of LGBTQ people of color and strengthens the voices of LGBT people of color in order to effectively communicate their perspectives within the larger community.

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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.

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Audrey Lorde Project

Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color center in New York City. Through mobilization and education, Audre Lorde Project focuses on community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.

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Anti-Violence Project

Anti-Violence Project (AVP) empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through event organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

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InterAct: Advocates for Intersex Youth

InterAct: Advocates for Intersex Youth is an advocacy organization that uses innovative legal strategies to advocate for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.

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GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

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FORGE

FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault.

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Recommended Books

The-Gender-Book

The Gender Book is an illustrated book that explores gender identity, expression and the socialization of gender. It is available as a downloadable e-book on a donation-based pay-what-you-want basis or as a hardcover book. All proceeds go toward a scholarship.

Queering-Sexual-Violence

Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement is an anthology that puts queer, transgender and gender non-conforming survivors at the center of the anti-violence movement and creates a space for their voices to be heard.

Other Recommended Publications

NSVRC Sexual Violence & Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ

This information packet contains nearly a dozen resources focused on serving, engaging, and collaborating with individuals and communities who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer or questioning. The packet contains resources to support counselors, advocates, preventionists, technical assistance providers, and allied professionals committed to affirming all individuals and communities.

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Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

This report is the most extensive survey of transgender discrimination ever undertaken. Over 6,450 responses are included in the survey, which explored discrimination in all aspects of life.

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CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

This 2010 report discusses the rates of intimate partner violence and domestic violence.

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Recommended Documentaries

Asexual-Documentary

(A)sexual is a documentary that focuses on asexuals — people who experience no sexual attraction — as they struggle to claim their identity in a sex-obsessed culture and face a mountain of stereotypes, misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research.

Rape-for-Who-I-Am

Rape for Who I Am is a documentary based in South Africa where homophobia is being ‘expressed’ through targeted rape of black lesbians. Four extraordinary women expose the harrowing experiences and struggles of African lesbians.

Boys and Men Healing is a documentary that focuses on the impact sexual abuse of boys and the importance of male survivors speaking out and healing.

No! The Rape Documentary is an award-winning documentary that features riveting testimonials from Black women rape survivors who defy victimization.

Recommended Video

Posters

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Brochures

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Palm Cards

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These materials were produced by Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence through the support of grant number 2012-WF-AX-0015 awarded by the state administrating office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in these publications are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Sources of Statistics

Human Rights Campaign: Sexual Assault and the LGBT Community
NISVS: An Overview of 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation
NISVS: 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation

Terms & Definitions

GENDER IDENTITY

A person’s sense of being feminine, masculine, neither, or both.

GENDER EXPRESSION

A person’s presentation of their gender identity.

GENDER BINARY

The belief that there are only two genders – male and female – and that all people identify as one or the other.

GENDER NON-CONFORMING

Someone whose gender expression and/or identity does not conform to society’s standards of their sex assigned at birth. Someone who is gender non-conforming may or may not also identify as transgender.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

A person’s desire to be sexually and/or romantically involved in relationships with people of the same gender/sex, a different gender/sex, or multiple genders.

GAY

Men who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to men. Gay has often been used as an umbrella term for the entire LGB community; however, since it particularly references men it should not be used as an umbrella term.

LESBIAN

A woman who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to women.

BISEXUAL / PANSEXUAL

A person who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to more than one gender. Many people prefer the term pansexual over bisexual, because it is not dependent on the assumption that there are only two genders.

QUEER

Although queer has historically been used as a pejorative term for those whose gender and/or sexuality did not align themselves with societal norms, many people now reclaim the use of the word queer to indicate their rejection of traditional hetero-normative language and identities, as well as a rejection of the gender binary.

ASEXUAL

Someone who is not sexually attracted to anyone and does not identify as having a sexual orientation; however, just because someone is asexual does not
mean that they cannot have romantic feelings for another person.

INTERSEX

A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male.

TRANSGENDER

Someone whose sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity.

ALLY

A person who is a member of a dominant group who uses their privilege to support, draw attention to, and/or take action to positively impact those in a non-dominant group.

CISGENDER

Someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth.

HETEROSEXISM

A system of oppression that deems heterosexuality as the norm, and any other sexual orientation as deviant and other.

CISSEXISM

A system of oppression that upholds that there are only two genders, which are considered the norm. Cissexism privileges cisgender people over transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Additional terms can be found at Trans-Academics, an online resource library
of educational material and academic publications on gender.

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