Originally called the LGBTQ Caucus to End Sexual Violence, the Queer Caucus Against Sexual Assault (QCASA) was created in 2015 and is comprised of self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocates at The Alliance and member centers. This caucus is dedicated to supporting and sustaining LGBTQ sexual assault advocates through professional development and community building. Members of this caucus will gain skills they will be able to bring back to their respective organizations to bolster our collective response to LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence.
We recognize that language is ever-evolving and changing. While queer has historically been used as a pejorative term for those whose gender and sexuality did not align themselves with societal norms, many people choose to reclaim the use of the word queer as a positive term to indicate their rejection of traditional hetero-normative language and identities, as well as a rejection of the gender binary. We adopt queer in our name to honor this reclamation and those who choose to identify as queer.
QCASA is committed to anti-oppression, open communication and active learning. QCASA is dedicated to supporting and sustaining LGBTQ advocates in the anti-sexual violence movement and contributing to the provision of culturally relevant and accessible services for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence in Connecticut. The group typically meets on a quarterly basis at rotating locations throughout the state. Contact Beth Hamilton, our Associate Director, to get more information.