Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with Sojourner!
Updated: Jun 10, 2019
In June, LGBTQ* people and their allies celebrate Pride Month to bring attention to issues of equality and justice. Many people are unaware that domestic violence and sexual assault occur in LGBTQ relationships. Sojourner serves ALL victims of domestic violence, regardless of sexual orientation. In order to do our work, it's important to understand the unique risk factors that impact this community. Sojourner advocates receive training on best practices when working with people who identify as LGBTQ. This August we will be hosting a 'continuing education training' for our volunteers, in partnership with OutFront Minnesota, AdvoCare, SafeJourney, and Home Free.
A few unique factors which LGBTQ victims and survivors may experience include:**
Partners that threaten to "out" them to their family, employer or community
Partners who disparage or ridicule their identity
Being told that "no one will believe you" because of societal beliefs that abuse doesn't happen in LGBTQ relationships and that, if violence occurs, it is "mutual"
Lack of appropriate training or homophobia by service providers
Prior experiences of trauma, such as bullying and hate crime based on their sexuality
During the month of June and throughout the year, Sojourner provides legal advocacy, safety planning, support, education and more to people in abusive relationships, no matter their sexual orientation.
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*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer