What does our Safe Zone symbol mean?
Doorways is committed to creating an environment that provides culturally competent and inclusive services that are non-stigmatizing to all clients regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, gender and gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, or disability, as well as to others from diverse backgrounds. This includes those who identify as LGBTQ+:
- We welcome and serve all clients who access services, including clients of all sexual orientations, including, but not limited to, those who identify as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, and questioning, as well as gender conforming, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, transgender, and transitioning individuals.
- We respect your identity/ies, name and pronouns.
- We welcome staff, board members, volunteers and clients irrespective of race, sexual orientation, sex, gender and gender identity (or expression), religion, national origin, age, or disability, as well as others from diverse backgrounds. Many of our staff identify as LGBTQ+.
How we’re making our space safer
- All staff and volunteers complete 40+ hours of Doorways core training that includes curriculum focused on working with LGBTQ+ survivors.
- We have updated intake forms and other documents to be open-ended for gender identification and (preferred) pronouns.
- New literature and brochures include the safe zone symbol to help improve access to our services for those who identify as LGBTQ+.
- We have incorporated more inclusive language in our assessments.
- We seek ongoing feedback from our clients to continue to improve our programs and services.
- We continue to engage in improving practices that are inclusive and welcoming of all victims. Staff attend ongoing trainings to learn and to help us continue to improve our response to those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Additional LGBTQ+ Resources
Arlington County, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission’s Equality Task Force, recently launched a webpage with local, state, and national resources for those who identify as LGBTQ+. Visit the page for further information.
“Arlington has long been a community that strives to embrace and equitably serve our diverse population that includes people from all walks of life – including those who identify as LGBTQ. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious observance, physical or mental ability and any other characteristic subject to marginalization. Our vision, which asserts that each of us is important, means that ours is a community where diversity is not simply tolerated, but appreciated and respected.
Arlington County is an inclusive, welcoming community where everyone is valued and respected and has the opportunity to live out their dreams.”