The use of the internet, social media, and sexting often becomes the source of information for many in the LGBTQ community. It sets the framework for coming to terms with their sexual orientation and/or gender, as well as what LGBTQ social skills looks like. Often times, people do not have access to LGBTQ culturally competent information on what domestic violence can look within the LGBTQ community. While many have grown up in heteronormative environments where domestic violence has occurred, they may not see the correlation within their own same sex relationships. They are not taught what healthy or unhealthy relationships look like within same sex environments. In this workshop participants will learn: to understand what it is like to be a member of an underserved community; what LGBTQ stands for and why it is not important to know every term in order to provide services; the difference between Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Gender, and how knowing each enables providers, educators, and family members to better support LGBTQ the community; the correlation of how recent LGBTQ history plays a role in how LGBTQ people view the world around them; an understanding of what domestic violence, human trafficking and dating violence looks like within the LGBTQ community; how race, religion, ability, and culture add additional barriers for LGBTQ victims of Intimate Partner Violence; a perspective on how the stigma of being LGBTQ and lack of resources create a barrier towards individuals seeking help; steps to make changes for better practices for serving LGBTQ. We will discuss changes an individual can make within their organization as well as how to approach others with change.
5 DVS Credits: Diversity