WHAT IS ADVOCACY
Advocacy is the first step to creating change. When it comes to LGBTQ+ issues, it's proven that simply knowing an LGBTQ+ in a personal and relatable manner can often changes minds about the need for queer rights. To accomplish this, we work to create networks of affirming individuals, businesses, organizations, and more that create the supportive network that will be key to the happiness and growth of each individual, regardless of who they are or who they love.
Despite popular belief, an overwhelming number of congregations and places of worship of all faiths and denominations are LGBTQ+ allies. Our mission with our Faith Allies is to bring together a coalition of those who can provide individuals and families looking for a place to join together in a common celebration of faith.
The medical community is an integral part of serving people, whether they are members of the LGBTQ+ community or not. For many in the queer community though, visiting a medical service or provider can be wrought with uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. We work with local medical providers and staff to ensure individuals can find an affirming and accepting place for treatment.
Research has shown that the LGBTQ+ community is at risk of higher occurrences of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and more as a result of social stigmatization, harassment, and abuse from the larger community and family. We work to bring together mental health providers that specialize in queer issues to include family, personal, and emergency specialists.
As a large and diverse community, Loudoun has a unique blend of large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, each with their own policies and rules that affect the LGBTQ+ community. As a non-profit specializing in best practices for LGBTQ+ individuals, we offer specialized review of existing policies and sample policies that create an inclusive environment for organizations and their staff.
While Loudoun County is the richest county in the United States, it also has a large population with many in need from substance abuse, homelessness, suicide, housing assistance, food and nutritional assistance, poverty, and more. We partner with local non-profits and organizations who work to address these system social needs through a lens of understand the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ issues and the services that support them.