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RCASA’s Wednesday Outreach: LGBTQ2 Task Force

In Advocacy, Education, Outreach on June 16, 2010 at 8:00 am

The LGBTQ2 Task Force is a part of the membership structure of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.  The Task Force was created in November 2003 to provide outreach, training, and education to sexual assault crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and LGBTQ organizations in Virginia to better outreach and serve LGBTQ individuals who have experienced sexual and/or intimate partner violence. Task Force membership includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender AND allies of this community.

We believe that in order to end homophobia and heterosexism, we must also work against all forms of oppression including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and ableism.

The goals of the LGBTQ2 Task Force are (1) to increase the visibility of LGBTQ individuals who have experienced sexual and/or intimate partner violence through building collaborations with LGBTQ organizations in Virginia and (2) to provide training for domestic violence, sexual assault, and LGBTQ service providers.

In the years since its inception, the LGBTQ2 Task Force has developed and facilitated a full-day training entitled Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault in the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning Community. This training provides basic information to advocates in domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, as well as to those working in LGBTQ service agencies, so that they are more prepared to outreach and serve LGBTQ individuals who have experienced sexual and/or intimate partner violence.

If you are interested in receiving on-site training from the LGBTQ2 Task Force, please contact Sherrie Goggans at Membership@vsdvalliance.org or call 804.377.0335. (E-mail is not a secure form of communication. To ensure confidentiality please call the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.838.8238 (V/TTY).

The LGBTQ2 Task Force welcomes any and all new voices to join in the dynamic work of this group, but consider yourself forewarned, a Task Force meeting is not just any ordinary meeting. We laugh, we cry, and we eat really good food… The group hosts it’s three-hour meetings every other month, on Saturdays, and the meeting location alternates between Richmond and Charlottesville. Please join us; we’d love to meet you! If you are interested in participating please call 804.377.0335.

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