In recognition of Women’s History Month, 180 Turning Lives Around honors and lifts the voices of Transgender and Nonbinary folx. We recognize that Trans womanhood is womanhood, as there are many ways to exist in the mosaic of gender. Trailblazers such as Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Roberta Elizabeth Marshall Cowell, and Jan Morris opened doors for transgender folx. Their stories are not told in our history books, but their legacies live on today.

Within the Transgender and Non-binary community, we know that intimate partner and gender-based violence is alarmingly high. According to the 2015 Transgender Survey, “more than half (54%) experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm.” Further, nearly half (47%) of respondents were sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, and one in ten (10%) were sexually assaulted in the past year. In communities of color, these numbers are higher: 53% of Black respondents were sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and 13% were sexually assaulted in the last year.

180 Turning Lives Around is committed to providing an array of services for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, regardless of age, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation. We recognize that the need to feel safe and be safe is paramount. We cultivate a safe, confidential, and empowering environment by staying current on LGBTQ issues and healthcare concerns, participating in on-going professional development, and having continuous dialogues with LGBTQ community leaders. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence or sexual violence, 180 is here 24/7 to help.

Kristine Raye, BA, LGBTQ Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator