LGBTQ People of Color
LGBTQ People of Color face greater rates of community and intimate partner violence (IPV) and have more barriers to accessing services. People of color made up 77% of the reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected IPV homicides, and 54% of the total number of survivors who reported to National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) in 2015 as reported in the 2015 NCAVP Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence. It is imperative that LGBTQ anti-violence advocates work to remove barriers and obstacles while educating themselves about privilege, oppression and the intersection of sexuality, gender with race and ethnicity.
Intersectionality and Voice
While talking about LGBTQ partner abuse is very important, viewing the LGBTQ community as a single homogeneous community can be detrimental. Not recognizing the diversity within the community obscures the voices of LGBTQ people who experience oppression due to intersecting identities. Not having their voice heard in the past can be a disempowering experience that may prevent members of the community from speaking up when they experience abuse in their current relationships.
Resources for LGBTQ People of Color
- Black Lives Matter
- Diverse & Resilient
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
- In Our Own Voices
- Transgender Aging Network