• Sexual assault within the trans community

    Recently FORGE heard from a transgender individual who was devastated that they had been accused of sexually assaulting one individual and abusing others within the trans community in their city. They wrote, “Despite my now diminished mental health, I have no way to escape any of this. I have no way to prove to anyone […]

  • Is voting a violence-prevention issue?

    Is voting a violence-prevention issue? Citizens of Ferguson, MO – which has been embroiled in a very public controversy over police violence – may decide it is: it turns out, Time reported on September 8, that just 6% of African-American Ferguson residents voted in the 2013 municipal election. It is with that connection in mind […]

  • Trans barriers to recognizing abuse

    Those of us who train about transgender domestic violence and sexual assault survivors typically talk a lot about the additional barriers trans survivors face in identifying what they are experiencing as abuse (which, of course, is the necessary first step toward getting help). Earlier this month the website XOJane posted a column by a transwoman […]

  • Today is LGBT Center Awareness Day

    Today, September 15, is the sixth annual LGBT Center Awareness Day, this year co-sponsored by Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers and The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Professionals. There are more than 150 LGBT Centers playing pivotal roles in the LGBT communities where they exist. Such Centers serve as referral sources, meeting places, welcome […]

  • Boats and anchors and trees, oh my!

    Did you miss the August 23, 2014 meeting to discuss goals and ideas for programming and getting what you want?   We had a great time talking about boats, anchors, trees, flying squirrels as part of identifying needs and desires, as well as figuring out some of the challenges that get in the way of creating […]