This February, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) will attend Creating Change 2023 in San Francisco, CA with hundreds of LGBTQ organizations from around the country. AVP will release the preliminary results of the LGBTQ National Needs Assessment survey, along with strategic workshops to equip LGBTQ organizations with the tools to protect their spaces and community members.
The troubling rise in anti-LGBTQ harassment and hate violence is very real, and real solutions are needed to keep our communities nationwide safe from harm. Launched in December, AVP, in partnership with Strength in Numbers, deployed a first-of-its-kind National Needs Assessment survey for LGBTQ organizations, businesses, and safe spaces nationwide as part of the LGBTQ Safe Spaces Protection Project to identify the threats and anti-LGBTQ violence our communities have faced.
This will just be a preliminary snapshot of the hate violence our communities are experiencing around the country, and this data tells a shocking story of anti-LGBTQ hate nationwide. With that said, AVP encourages all LGBTQ organizations, businesses, groups, or LGBTQ-affirming houses of worship who have yet to take the survey to do so as soon as possible to ensure that all of our safe spaces are recognized and have the necessary tools to protect their spaces from threats and harm.