Statement in Support of LGBTQIA+ Youth
Amidst ongoing attacks against trans and queer youth across our state, and against LGBTQIA+ groups and service providers in our region, Doorways reaffirms our support for all LGBTQIA+ people. We are honored to serve LGBTQIA+ youth and adults who access our services.
In our efforts to prevent violence and create pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault, leading to safe, stable, and empowered lives, it is critical that Doorways be a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults. Safe spaces save lives: LGBTQIA+ youth are particularly vulnerable to violence, housing instability, and homelessness, comprising 40% of young people experiencing homelessness in our region and nationwide. Supporting and providing safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ people is an essential part of Doorways’ efforts toward achieving our vision of a community where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing.
Safe spaces save lives… Supporting and providing safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ people is an essential part of Doorways’ efforts toward achieving our vision of a community where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing.
In these efforts, Doorways is proud to partner with fellow trans and queer-affirming organizations, including Safe Space NOVA, which is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ youth. This month – Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month – we are partnering with Safe Space NOVA to host the third iteration of You + Me = We, an educational workshop series designed specifically for LGBTQIA+ youth and youth allies. It is more important than ever to provide these safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth and promote a community culture of safe and healthy relationships, so that sexual and intimate partner violence are less likely to occur.
To all LGBTQIA+ youth, we see you; you are valid and worthy of respect and safety; and we support you.