Sexual Violence & the LGBTQ Community

Below is a sampling of some resources available to individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ). Many of the resources listed below provide links to other websites, reading lists, and newsletters for more information.  Additional resources may be available within local and campus communities. Descriptions are adapted directly from their websites.

Cornell Specific Resources

Cornell SHARE

This site provides important and timely information to the Cornell community about sexual harassment, assault, gender discrimination and other related forms of violence. It also offers information about the SHARE partners who provide services, support, reporting options, education, and advocacy.

Gannett Health Services

Victim Advocacy at Cornell

Emergency Numbers at Cornell

Women’s Resource Center

The WRC is dedicated to serving the entire Cornell community with mutual respect, honesty, and openness. The WRC values people of all genders coming together to end sexism, along with all forms of oppression and maintaining an environment where all are free to affirm and celebrate their differences and commonalties.

Cornell Caring Community

This website exists to help every member of the Cornell community engage with (and access help from) a variety of campus and local resources.

Local Ithaca Resources

Advocacy Center 

Provides supportive services to youth and adults in Tompkins County New York who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence. Services include: 24 hour hotline, emotional support, help with police or courts, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and emergency shelter.

External Organizations

Deaf Queer Resource Center

The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for,  by and about the deaf lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and questioning communities. 

For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression (FORGE)

414-559-2123

A national education, advocacy and support umbrella organization supporting female-to-male transsexuals and transgenderists, and others who were assigned female at birth but who have some level of masculine  identification (FTM+s(1)) and Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies (SOFFAs).  FORGE’s components and services include:  A social support group, monthly meeting in Milwaukee, WI., for trans-masculine individuals and SOFFAs; Transgender Sexual Violence Project, serving transgender and SOFFA survivors of sexual violence and the providers who serve them; FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network (TAN) is an international network of people who serve, do research, training, or advocacy about, and/or are otherwise interested in transgender aging issues; Multiple listserves, including ElderTG, SV-support, FORGE announcements; Connectivity newsletter; Fact sheets and other publications; Training and consultation on issues of concern to the trans+/SOFFA communities.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline

Toll-free: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564).  This is not a 24-hour hotline. 

Provides telephone and email peer-counseling as well as factual information and local resources across the United States.  All services are free and confidential.  Callers of all ages can use the hotline for information about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information. Also, the organization maintains a resource database with over 18,000 listings including information on social and support groups, as  well as gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups, and GLBT-friendly businesses including lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

212-727-0135 

GLSEN is a national education organization working to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Services include research briefs, policy and legislative action, and tools for community organizing. 

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (GLBTQDVP)

617-354-6056, Hotline: 800-832-1901 

The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP) supports victims and survivors through education, advocacy and direct services. The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project provides free and confidential support and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GENDERPAC)

202-462-6610

GenderPAC works to end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes by changing public attitudes, educating elected officials and expanding legal rights. GenderPAC also promotes understanding of the connection between discrimination based on gender stereotypes and sex, sexual orientation, age, race and class.

Gendertalk

The home of the leading talk radio program on all issues of gender - and much more.   Website includes resources, articles, blogs, book and video lists pertaining to gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an

America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.  Many publications on issues related to the LGBT community are available through the website.

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)

206-633-6077 

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is a public awareness, education, and advocacy organization, which works to create a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted surgery for intersex people (individuals born with anatomy or physiology which differs from cultural ideals of male and female).  Website provides links to support groups as well as FAQ’s. 

Lambda Legal

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Malesurvivor

800-738-4181

MaleSurvivor recognizes and respects the diversity of sexual abuse survivors and caregivers. Through its informational programs and services, MaleSurvivor helps the public and the media to recognize and understand sexual violence directed toward boys and men, and promotes community action to confront the issue, providing  necessary intervention and prevention strategies. Information for both survivors and professionals is provided. 

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)

212-714-1184 / TTY: 212-714-1134

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) addresses the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities.  NCAVP is a coalition of programs across the U.S that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBTQ and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization (visit the website for a list of programs by state). NCAVP supports existing anti-violence organizations and emerging local programs in their efforts to document and prevent such violence.  Services include Education and Training, National Incident Monitoring and Reporting System (annual Hate Violence and Domestic Violence reports), and Violence Response Program. 

National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)

1-888-768-6556    503-768-6819 

The mission of the National Crime Victim Law Institute is to actively promote balance and fairness in the

justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.

National LGBTQ Taskforce

202-393-5177 / TTY: 202-393-2284

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of LGBTQ communities.  NGLTF does this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBTQ referenda and advance pro-LGBTQ legislation, building the organizational capacity of the movement, and generating research through their Policy Institute. 

The National Online Resource Centers on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)

800-537-2238 /TTY: 800-553-2508

The online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children.  Information on public policy; intervention, prevention and response  to violence against women; grants and funding; research and more.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

717-909-0710  / TTY:  717-909-0715  / Toll Free: 877-739-3895

Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in 2000, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) identifies, develops and disseminates resources regarding all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention. NSVRC activities include training and technical assistance, referrals, consultation, systems advocacy, resource library, capacity-building, integrating research findings with community-based projects, coordinating Sexual Assault Awareness Month, co-sponsoring national conferences and events, and web-based and social networking resources.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

The Network/La Red

617-695-0877  / Hotline: 617-423-SAFE

The Network/La Red has become a national resource and model for battered women's programs, batterer intervention programs, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender organizations beginning to address battering in lesbian, bisexual women, and transgender relationships. They take requests from individuals, groups, researchers, and media from all over the United States and around the world seeking technical assistance and information on battering in lesbian, bisexual women, and transgender communities.

Services include hotlines in English and Spanish, Safe Home program, outreach/organizing and advocacy programs. 

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)

202-467-8180

A national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and almost 500 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Partners Against Hate

202-452-8310

Partners Against Hate offers promising education and counteraction strategies for young people and the wide range of community-based professionals who work and interact with youth, including parents, law enforcement officials, educators, and community/business leaders. Services include: blueprints, activities, and tools to help adults teach children not to hate; training for educators, law enforcement officials and others in effective hate crime prevention and response techniques; Promising Programs Database. 

Say It Out Loud

Website and short film that explores domestic and family violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex (LGBTI) relationships.

Survivor Project

503-288-3191

Survivor Project exists to advocate for intersex and trans* survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  Services include informational materials, educational workshops, consultation, ongoing research, and referrals. 

The Transgender Aging Network (TAN)

Telephone: 414-540-6456

The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders by identifying and promoting communication among and enhancing the work of researchers, service providers, educators, advocates, elders and others interested in trans/SOFFA aging issues; promoting awareness of concerns, issues, and realities of trans/SOFFA aging; advocating for policy changes to provide better access to respectful and appropriate treatment of trans/SOFFA elders; and providing communication channels through which trans/SOFFA elders can give and receive support and information. TAN also provides fee-based training and consultation services.

Victim Rights Law Center

Boston, MA: 617-399-6720 Portland, OR: 503-274-5477

The Victim Rights Law Center is Leading a New Response to Sexual Violence. Founded as the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is the leader in representing sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context. We not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, we have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims.

More Online Resources Related to Youth Who Identify as LGBTQ:

Groundspark Media

GroundSpark creates visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and communities to take action for a more just world.

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition

The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

The Trevor Project/ GLTBQ Youth Suicide Hotline

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

It Gets Better

The website www.itgetsbetter.org is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.  It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members.  It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.