Community Opportunities & Resources
Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse
Helping Survivors is part of a growing movement of concerned citizens, survivors, and professionals working to ensure the right of every person to build a life free from the devastating consequences of sexual assault and abuse.
The resources that they provided, at the website below, are intended for individuals who have experienced sexual assault or abuse and are seeking support.
Trans-Friendly Salons & Barber Shops
Strands For Trans is bringing gays, straights, women, men, anyone, together to create more trans-friendly barbershops and hair salons. If you're a customer, search for a trans-friendship shop or salon. If you're a barber or stylist, join in and let’s help this community feel welcome.
Free Legal Assistance With Name Change For Transgender Individuals
UMASS School of Law is offering free legal assistance with name changes to transgender individuals. For more information or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 508-985-1159 or email ClinicCoordinator@UMASS.edu.
Become a Mentor
Looking to make a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ youth? Linked Mentoring is looking for new mentees in their program. By joining you will build a supportive, trusting, and empowered relationship with an LGBTQ+ youth through one-on-one mentoring. You can also take advantage of community-building and leadership opportunities.
Mentoring is done at a distance and online.
If you're interested or looking for more information, click below.
Report Workplace Discrimination
If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and you’re being discriminated against at work you need to know that you have legal protections against discrimination and bullying. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act says that no employer can discriminate against their employees because of race, religion, sex, or national origin. But the Supreme Court has expanded that and ruled that the
protections of Title VII also protect people from discrimination based on gender, identity, and orientation. Your employer cannot legally discriminate against you or harass you.
If you’re experiencing discrimination at work, you can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC was formed to investigate claims of workplace discrimination. The EEOC also has an agreement with 44 states to share information with the state labor authorities. If you live in one of those 44 states and you file an EEOC complaint the state will also get a copy of that complaint and any supporting evidence you submit.
Click below for more information and to file a compaint.
Free Online Library of Audio and Ebooks
OverDrive is an online library where you can check out audiobooks and ebooks for free. OverDRive has a wide variety of books, but Candid for OverDrive has a selection of books for "diversity, equality, and inclusion". To use OverDrive, you'll just need a free, public library account. If you don't have one contact, your local public library. To get started with OverDrive, click below.
Report Discrimination in Housing
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now looking at complaints and inquiries from the last year to see if they warrant further investigation. If you have clients, community members, or staff that have, in the last year, experienced discrimination in housing, please advise them that they can still take action to have their cases heard.
Examples of what constitutes discrimination are:
Shelters refusing access because of gender identity or forcing someone to stay in a sex-segregated shelter that doesn’t align with their identity.
Rentals declining a rental application for any reason other than the prospective renter not meeting stated qualifications or lying about availability.
Harassment- asking for sexual favors in exchange for rent or a landlord creating a hostile environment through harassing comments on a tenant’s appearance.
Ads for housing that say things like “no same-sex couples” or marketing that is targeted to exclude certain communities.
The directive also protects people who experience discrimination on multiple bases, such as race, familial status, and sexual orientation.
Complaints can be filed by clicking below or by calling 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339.
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