LGBTQ+ Services

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Free. Confidential. 24/7
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Free. Confidential. 24/7

CONTENT WARNING: Homophobic, transphobic, and cissexist-based sexual violence statistics, forms of abuse, and barriers to seeking help.

LGBTQ+ people are at a heightened risk of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. LGBT people are 4x more likely to experience violence than other demographics. They are about 6x more likely to experience violence by someone who is well known to them and about 2.5x more likely to undergo it at the hands of a stranger, compared to non-LGBT people. LBT women are 5x more likely than non-LBT women to experience violent victimization. GBT men are more than 2x at risk of violence than non-GBT men.

At Avalon, we are aware of the toll that violence takes on LGBTQ+ members of our community, and we are here to help. The following sections are here to educate our community about the specific forms of violence experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer members of our community. If these experiences speak to you, we are here for you.


LGBTQ+ Services

Avalon Healing Center provides inclusive services and resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to the high number of experiences of discrimination and violence, many LGBTQ+ individuals feel they have nowhere to go for assistance. In order to cultivate a safe and accessible environment, our staff are dedicated to engaging in ongoing training on issues faced by people who identify as LGBTQ+ and emphasize access to sexual assault care that is affirming to all identities.

Some examples of LGBTQ+ specific services include:
  • Counseling Services: Group & Individual Trauma-Informed Counseling with multiple LGBTQ+ and trans-affirmative counselors/advocates.
  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy: Includes working with the Detroit Police Department through a collaborative Advisory Board, concentrating on rebuilding the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and police, encouraging Law Enforcement to receive training around LGBTQ+ social issues, etc.
  • Community Outreach: Includes access to gender-affirming clothing at the center and providing referrals to our community partners (i.e. food pantries/resources, rent and utility assistance, other resources, etc.)
  • Access to free services found at our Wellness Clinic: Including STI testing, condoms and dental dams, follow-up HIV testing, nPEP medication management, etc.
Call the number below for more information or if you are interested in signing up for any of our LGBTQ+ services.
313-964-9701

Resources

RAINN
National Sexual Assault Hotline/Resources
800-656-HOPE
MCEDSV
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence - statewide coalition
855-VOICES4
Polaris
National Human Trafficking Hotline
888-373-7888
Kids Talk
Our community’s Child Advocacy Center - referrals taken from LE, CPS and Avalon; non-acute response for children who have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual violence; or have witnessed domestic/sexual violence or homicide
724-785-7700
888-711-5465
Ruth Ellis Center
The Ruth Ellis Center provides trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults ages 13-30. Ruth Ellis Center seeks to “create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future”. Supportive services include integrated primary and behavioral health services, housing support for young people ages 12-17, advocacy and case management services for female-identifying youth, and drop-in services for recreational and social support of LGBTQ+ youth.
(313) 252-1950
[email protected]
LGBT Detroit
LGBT Detroit advocates for the visibility and health of Detroit’s LGBT community. They focus on youth and young adult development, sexual orientation, and gender identity education, advocacy, and support of the overall well-being of the community. Working with local, regional, state, and national partnerships, LGBT Detroit advocates for “making Detroit a safer place for all to work, play, and live, without fear and malice”. The agency provides 15 programs including healing and supportive services, gender-centered support groups, leadership academies, political and civic engagement opportunities, substance misuse services, and health research partnerships.
(313) 397-2127
[email protected]
SAGE Metro Detroit
SAGE Metro Detroit advocates for “programming, events, and services for LGBTQ+ older adults in metro Detroit and surrounding communities". Their work seeks to empower and support LGBTQ+ older adults through community trainings, local and state advocacy efforts, hosted events, and the creation of the Rainbow Resource Guide to promote awareness, share information, and deter discrimination.
(734) 681-0854
[email protected]
Affirmations
Affirmations was established in 1989 to provide space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Affirmations works to “fight for acceptance and basic human rights for our LGBTQ+ community”. Offering numerous virtual and in-person group meetings, mental health and counseling services, relationship and sexual health, rehabilitation services, addiction support, housing services, parenting resources, and domestic violence connective support.
(248) 398-7105
[email protected]