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Click on the picture above or here to view the full calendar of events being presented by Sojourner House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month including those designed to serve/recognize the LGBTQ community.
By Kerry Bergin, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Coordinator
and Aida Manduley, Sexual Health Advocate
PROVIDENCE, RI - At Sojourner House, we recognize that violence can happen in all kinds of relationships, and that LGBTQ victims of violence may face unique challenges to accessing resources and support. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "gay and bisexual men experience abuse in intimate partner relationships at a rate...which is comparable to the amount of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women" and "approximately 50% of the lesbian population has experienced or will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes."
Researchers and advocates have found that, while many aspects of LGBT domestic violence are similar to those experienced by heterosexual victims, it is not identical. Some differences include abusers making threats to "out" victims' sexuality to family and employers or victims not contacting law enforcement agencies for fear of not being believed, or "because doing so would force them to reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity."
As the first domestic violence agency in the state with an LGBTQ advocacy program, Sojourner House honors the pioneers who have come before us and strives to meet the needs of all victims of relationship violence through a diverse array of programs, including expressive arts classes, teen dating violence prevention programs, sexual health education (with a specialization in HIV/AIDS prevention), and more. Sojourner House is committed to increasing its capacity to meet the needs of victims of violence in the LGBTQ community.
We are also proud to partner all year long with activists, artists, and organizations in the LGBTQ community, including the generous Imperial Court of Rhode Island in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Youth Pride, and Rhode Island Pride.
Want to find out more and/or get involved? Check out www.sojournerri.org, facebook.com/sojournerRI, or call (401) 861-6191. Or, join us one of our upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month events; all proceeds will benefit Sojourner House's violence prevention and safe housing programs in Rhode Island:
Thursday, Oct. 4th 7PM - 9PM
Chan's Restaurant, Woonsocket
"Drag Drop Soup"
Hosted by Empress II and Regent Empress XVII Lee Daniels of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island. Tickets: $10 dragdropsoup.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Oct. 6th, 5PM-9PM,
Fete Lounge, Providence
"A Walk in Their Shoes" Fashion Show Featuring Shangela of RuPaul's Drag Race!
Hosted by Willard Magnus Vareon Sinklair & Asia, with guest appearances by Nefertitty and Jess B Kitten. Tickets: $10 - $20 walkintheirshoes.eventbrite.com; Afterparty at the Dark Lady, Snow St. in Providence.
Friday, Oct. 26th, 7-11PM
Providence Biltmore Hotel
The 2nd Annual Sojourner House Masquerade Ball
Hosted by Empress XVIII Jacqueline DiMera of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island. Featuring live music, silent and live auction, signature drinks and desserts, and special guest appearances!
Plus don't Miss OUT: Shangela of RuPaul's Drag Race is coming to Providence!
(Drag to End Domestic Violence)
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9:30am - 12noon This workshop is designed to increase knowledge about the intersection of domestic violence
The Women's Center of Rhode Island's twelfth annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon will be held
10am - 1pm Domestic violence between adults puts children at serious risk of both physical and emotional
Gavage, Gertrude Atherton, & SEXCoffee Benefit Show for Sojourner House Please note that the time of
10am - 2:30pm Secondary trauma is very real and often difficult to manage. Listening and responding
3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Take a Stand - Get Help - Together We Can End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Zumba®