An organization’s leadership can align its commitment to LGBTQ access to its broader vision, mission, and values. Organizations with a social justice orientation, centering access for the most marginalized survivors of violence and abuse, may be better able to meet the complex and interrelated needs of LGBTQ and other underserved groups.
Most organizations want to ensure equitable access for all. A self-assessment process might examine how the organization’s commitment to LGBTQ access is considered in major decision-making, political advocacy efforts, funding priorities, and daily practice. Capacity building efforts to increase access to services should include opportunities to (re)connect community-based service organizations to broad-based movements for social and economic justice.