To Our Beloved LGBTQ+ Community

SHE RECOVERS® Team

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“Every human in the LGBTQ+ community deserves to feel safe to be who they are, wherever they are.”

To Our Beloved LGBTQ+ Family,

We see, hear and love you.

We are devastated by the mass shooting in Colorado Springs that occurred on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Our hearts break for the victims, their families and the LGBTQ+ community. We are deeply saddened and enraged how the LGBTQ+ community continues to be harmed by people and systems who hold such hate in their hearts. We also know that thoughts and prayers do not solve the homophobia, transphobia, gender-based trauma and hate that continues to impact our world. May those we have lost rest in power. May we not rest until every person in the LGBTQ+ community feels celebrated, honored, supported and safe to be who they are, wherever they are.

In the wake of this incredible trauma we are reminded that our action matters. Allyship matters. Leveraging our privilege to contribute to solutions and create identity-based spaces that are welcoming, supportive, and safeguarded against those who seek to do harm, matters. Standing up for your rights and speaking out against hate matters. Fighting for your equality, equity and freedom matters–because you matter.

If you feel sad, you are welcome here.
If you feel enraged, you are welcome here.
If you feel scared, you are welcome here.
If you feel lost, you are welcome here.

If you are a lesbian – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are gay – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are bisexual – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are pansexual – – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are transgender – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are queer – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are questioning – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are asexual – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are two-spirited – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are non-binary – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.
If you are intersex – you belong here, you are precious and you matter.

No matter who you love or how you love, all of who you are belongs here.

 

If you don’t believe that LGBTQ+ people deserve to be loved, supported, safe and free to be who they are and love who they wish to love – you aren’t welcome in our spaces.

If you are a woman or non-binary individual who identifies with women’s communities and what you need right now is unconditional love, relentless support, and a space to be held by fellow travelers please join the LGBTQ+ Group and Gathering.

If you don’t have the mental, emotional, physical or spiritual capacity to know how you feel or what you need at this moment, you are welcome here, just as you are.

Additional resources and supports are also available, such as:

LGBT National Health Center

call or text with a peer support volunteer
glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
1-888-843-4564

LGBTQ+ Thrive Mental Health Crisis Support

text “THRIVE” to begin your conversation
1.313.662.8209

Trans LifeLine

Provides peer support for the trans community
translifeline.org/
Canada (877) 330-6366
US (877) 565-8860

In love & solidarity,

The SHE RECOVERS Team

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