This month in celebration LGBQ\T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender) Pride and as we look back over 10 years of Massachusetts being the first state to legalize marriage equality and the 16 other states have since followed suit, we look forward toward the next frontier of equality.
This year, we are proud to join Jane Doe Inc., in collaboration with their partner program The Network/La Red, on the 2014 #IWantAworld Massachusetts campaign to address sexual and domestic violence in the LGBTQ communities.
The campaign looks to bring awareness and end the all-too-common statistics, that:
- Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men in Massachusettshave experienced sexual victimization other than rape.
- Nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in Massachusettshave experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
- Nearly 12,000 hotline calls were answered by sexual assault programs.
The statistics are just as alarming in the LGBQ/T communities where sexual assault and domestic violence are experienced at the same or higher rates by straight and cis-gender people.
This initiative will launch with a party in Boston where YOU are invited to create videos, art, music, and writings, all looking to share their visions on the “I Want a World” initiative. We will be supporting the campaign through social media by taking a picture with a sign using the hashtag, and giving individual accounts of support.
Join us, because:
#IwantAWorld where every Massachusetts resident feels safe and supported
#IWantAWorld LAUNCH PARTY
June 24, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM
One Financial Center, 38th Floor, Boston
Join Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino and Rev. Irene Monroe for a night of celebration. Come find out how you can be involved. Connect with others who want to promote a world free of violence and abuse in LGBQ/T relationships. Make a proud statement about valuing and respecting LGBQ/T individuals and communities. We’ll have everything you need to create your own video, photo or art submission for the campaign.
The event is free and open to the public. Due to building security, your RSVP is strongly requested and a valid photo ID is required upon entry.
For more information or to RSVP, visit iwantaworld.janedoe.org.
About Jane Doe Inc.
Jane Doe Inc. is a statewide membership coalition and advocacy group that is an active part of state, national, and international movements to promote human rights and social justice. They work to educate and promote public awareness of these issues through prevention and public policy advocacy.
About The Network / La Red
The Network/La Red is a survivor led organization that works to improve social justice and end partner abuse in LGBT/T communities. They have been a continued positive resource for those who have been battered and beaten. They also have an incredible network of assistance through Safehome, a free program in which victims have a place to stay away from abuse, as well as 24/7 domestic/sexual violence Hotline on call in case of emergency.
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