The LGBTQ Access Project

This website originated as part of the LGBTQ Access Project, a three-year demonstration project conducted in King County, Washington (2012-2015). The project mobilized 20+ organizations and thousands of providers county-wide to learn more about barriers to access for LGBTQ communities and take action for change. The project was designed and led by the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence and The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse.

As part of the LGBTQ Access Project, we asked human service organizations to evaluate their current performance in serving LGBTQ communities. Organizations engaged in an LGBTQ access capacity-building process. This included making an explicit commitment to developing meaningful collaborations with LGBTQ communities and changing organizational policies and practices in 10 areas of organizational operations.

A Regional Response to LGBTQ Access

Organizations working in silos cannot alone overcome the significant systemic and cultural barriers to access for LGBTQ communities. The LGBTQ Access Project developed a “regional response” in King County by bringing together providers, organizations, and coalitions to improve services for LGBTQ survivors across a continuum of care. The “regional response model” targeted three levels of change:

  • increasing the skills and knowledge of individual service providers to identify and address barriers;
  • building the capacity of organizations to identify barriers and make changes in policy and practice;
  • strengthening regional commitments to addressing the needs of LGBTQ communities through collaboration and agenda-setting

For more information about the regional response, download the LGBTQ Access Project Impact Report.

Contact us to learn about launching a regional response to LGBTQ access in your community.

The website was funded in part through cooperative agreement #2011-VF-GZ-K014 from Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs. U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).