top of page

Our Work

LGBTQ+/Gender identity
Laura Reid.JPG

As a community, LGBTQ+ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalization, which puts us at greater risk for sexual assault. Sexual violence is used as a form of power, oppression, and control to maintain gender and sexuality hierarchies of privilege. For LGBTQ+ survivors of assault, the discrimination we face surrounding those identities creates barriers for seeking and receiving help from law enforcement, medical services, shelters, or rape crisis centers - the very resources that are supposed to help us. This epidemic of sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community is something we must all work together to address.

SAAN's LGBTQ+/Gender Identity leader Laura Reid helps our community to address the epidemic of sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community, and encourage the leadership of queer and trans people in both SAAN and the sexual violence prevention community.

SAANPride Webinar Series explores LGBTQ+ sexual violence

Join other SAAN members of all gender identities and sexual orientations for the SAANPride Webinar Series to learn how you can better support LGBTQ+ survivors. Visit our News & Events page for session dates, and email Laura Reid at if you have a training suggestion.

LGBTQ PC Wheel.jpeg
Resources for Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors
Contact LGBTQ+ Support Resources
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling: Directory of LGBT-friendly mental health specialists across the United States. Specialists listed are verified members of AGLBTIC, a division of the American Counseling Association

  • FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression): Searchable database of resources for trans and non-binary individuals.  

  • LGBT National Hotline: Call center that refers to over 15,000 resources across the country that support LGBTQ individuals. Hotline: 888.THE.GLNH (843.4564) pen pals, weekly LQB and T chatrooms for youth.

  • National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: A coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. Site has a list of local anti-violence programs and publications. Hotline: 212.714.1141

  • The Trevor Project: Help and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Hotline: 866.488.7386

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Resources.jpg
bottom of page