Sojourner House is credited with starting the state's first Lesbian Advocacy Program (1995) and the first Gay Advocacy Program (2003).

Did you know that domestic violence occurs at similar (or higher) rates among same-sex relationships. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs' 2012 survey also specified that transgender survivors were more likely to face threats/intimidation, harassment, and police violence as a result of intimate partner violence than any other group of people. 

At Sojourner House, we understand that people who are additionally marginalized, such as LGBTQ-identified individuals, are more likely to experience domestic and/or sexual violence, and often have a harder time accessing services due to stigma, discrimination, lack of resources, and societal biases. Sojourner House's LGBTQ Advocacy program is designed specifically to address the needs of LGBTQ/queer survivors and to provide trauma-informed, LGBTQ-specific counseling. Our services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Housing assistance
  • Individual counseling 
  • Support groups
  • Prevention education 
  • Youth services 
  • Free HIV testing and sexual health advocacy 

Sojourner House firmly believes in the need to serve all people experiencing abuse and work to address some of the root causes of violence. We must all work together to build healthier communities instead of just placing temporary bandages on deep-seated problems like homophobia, racism, and sexism. 

 

Local Resources/Agencies:

  • Crossroads Rhode Island - Crossroads Rhode Island, founded in 1894 as Travelers Aid, is now the leading homeless service organization in RI. They provide 24 hour assistance 7 days a week to homeless Rhode Islanders ranging from infants to octogenarians... from adults with only a 6th grade education to those with Ph.D.s. They also have a small, LGBT-specific shelter. For more information regarding those available "program beds" (meaning it's not emergency shelter, but shelter in conjunction with a program), contact Claytonius Gray (cgray@crossroadsri.org).
  • Youth Pride Inc. - YPI’s goals are to meet the unique and ongoing needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression through advocacy, support and empowerment to bring about social change. They serve youth from ages 13-23.
  • The Network/La Red [Based in MA] - A survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, their work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. They strengthen their communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.
  • The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project [Based in MA] - A grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence to assist and support victims and survivors of domestic violence, focusing on the GLBTQ community, to bring about responsive public policy, and to increase access to culturally competent services. They have changed their name to the "GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project," but their website and materials aren't updated with this new information yet.
  • TGI Network of RI - Not specifically a DV organization, but one that aims to serve the needs of the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education. They seek to be a resource for TGI people navigating their life journeys as well as the legal and medical systems through their own programs and through collaboration with other organizations. In addition, they seek to serve as a resource to professionals working with the TGI community and as a liaison between the TGI and LGBT communities as well as the community at large.

Learn More:

  • NCAVP - A program of the NYC Anti-Violence Project, NCAVP is a coalition that works to prevent, respond to and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs, affiliate organizations and individuals who create systemic and social change. They strive to increase power, safety and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance. 
  • Forge - Founded in Wisconsin, Forge is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). FORGE is dedicated to helping move fragmented communities beyond identity politics and forge a movement that embraces and empowers our diverse complexities.
  • The Northwest Network - The NW Network increases communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. They work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.