LGBTQ Task Force
The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force is a space where LGBTQ people and allies gather quarterly to network, share ideas, and plan training and community events. The goal of the Task Force is to create safe and inclusive service provision to LGBTQ people in the City of Alexandria.
The Task Force began in 2007 as the Alexandria LGBTQ Victim Services Advisory Board and has always been supported through the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Center. The Task Force has partnered with a number of City agencies and community organizations to train thousands of service providers on how to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ community members. Service providers include law enforcement, social workers, counselors, advocates, attorneys, teachers, administrators, supervisors, clergy, healthcare professionals, firefighters, and other City employees. What began as a goal within the sexual and domestic violence programs has grown into a City-wide effort. The overarching aspiration continues to be improving services and access to services for LGBTQ people throughout the City. The Task Force trains service providers and also organizes local awareness events geared to LGBTQ community members.
For more information or to join the Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force as a community member or service provider, please contact the Division Chief for the Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program, Debra Evans email@example.com.
People who identify as LGBTQ often face additional barriers to accessing services. For example, research shows that intimate partner violence exists in LGBTQ relationships at the same rate as in heterosexual and gender conforming relationships. Abusive LGBTQ relationships have similar dynamics of power and control as other abusive relationships; however, abusers can also take advantage of a heterosexist and homophobic society. For instance, some abusers threaten to "out" the survivor to parents, friends or employers, which could have detrimental consequences for the survivor. In addition, people who identify as LGBTQ are often targeted for sexual violence and hate crimes perpetrated by family members, acquaintances, partners or strangers. Since many service providers have historically not been culturally competent and equipped to serve LGBTQ survivors, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and hate crimes against LGBTQ people have frequently gone undetected and unreported. The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force is working to help remove barriers to services and create emotional and physical safety for all people in Alexandria, including LGBTQ people.
If you or a friend have survived or are surviving sexual or intimate partner violence, please call our trained hotline staff for support.
- Virginia Anti-Violence Project
- Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Power and Control Wheel
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (LGBTQ Publications Page)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
- FORGE - Information, training, and technical assistance about transgender survivors of violence
- Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault
- AGLA: Serving Northern Virginia LGBTQ and Allies
- Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington
- Equality Virginia
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Human Rights Campaign
- Transgender Law Center
Resources for Youth and Parents
- PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) | Metro DC PFLAG | Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information on local chapters and support groups.
- Safe Space NOVA
- The Trevor Project - The leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
- Side by Side (formerly Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth ROSMY)
- Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Washington, DC
- Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children - A brief by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of The Family Acceptance Project
- Family Acceptance - A website written by parents for parents based on one family's experience
- Coming Out in Middle School - NY Times Article
- Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
- Teaching Tolerance
- Welcoming Schools
- Trans Student Educational Resources
- LGBTQ College Student Guide
- Transgender College Student Guide
- LGBTQ Youth Guide
- Gender Spectrum Education and Training
- Alexandria Teen Wellness Center
- Alexandria Health Department Getting to Zero
- Virginia Department of Health Transgender Health Services and Support (including Virginia Transgender Resource and Referral List, updated regularly)
Older Adult Resources