LGBTQIA+ Services at BAWAR*
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Plus)
Individuals, families and/or couples can receive up to fifteen, no-fee sessions with a mental-health clinician, registered within the state of California. Although each clinician may differ in style and/or theoretical orientation, the overall Clinical Program of BAWAR is informed by an anti-oppression, multicultural, humanistic framework, influenced by feminist, narrative and liberation psychologies. We are happy to discuss what these clinical orientations are and, more specifically, what they mean to us. For more information, please visit the In-Person Counseling Page.
The Peer Counseling Program at BAWAR is now accepting clients. For more information, please visit the In-Person Counseling Page.
Education and Outreach
BAWAR is available to provide LGBTQIA+ trainings focused on the specific barriers and needs of survivors in the queer community.
Collaborations or requests for the development of agency or organization-specific trainings are welcome! Please see our Community Education page for more information.
We believe strongly in the importance of developing community partnerships and collaborations with LGBTQIA+ focused non-profits, community organizations, arts and organizing collectives as well as LGBTQIA+ leaders in the Bay Area.
Stay tuned for information about upcoming events!
The National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network is also a stellar resource with a robust resource directory.
Bay Area Open Minds has listings of clinicians who are sex-positive, body-positive and affirming of sexual and gender diversity, as well as kink and poly relationships.
Additional Low-Cost Therapy Services
The Pacific Center
Queer Life Spaces – San Francisco
Woman’s Therapy Center – East Bay
Psychotherapy Institute – East Bay
Oakland LGBTQ Center
SF LGBT Center
The Pacific Center – East Bay
GLBT National Help Center
SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline
GLBT National Youth Talk Line
San Francisco Suicide Prevention
Trans Life Line
Derived from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, 2012. There is a tremendous need for more comprehensive data on the occurrence of gender-based violence within the LGBTQIA+ communities, in particular LGBTQIA+ communities of color, disabled LGBTQIA+ survivors and undocumented LGBTQIA+ survivors.
Lifetime sexual assault victimization ranges from 15.6% to 55% for women who identify as lesbian or bisexual and 20% to 30.4% for men who identify as gay or bisexual.
General population studies show a lifetime prevalence rate of 11-17% for women and 2-3% for men. (ostensibly cis)
There are currently NO NATIONAL POPULATION-BASED STUDIES that include questions on gender identity, however data on sexual violence against transgender people found that 10-59% of transgender persons reported experiencing unwanted sexual activity.
In November of 2004, FORGE undertook a community dialogue around sexual violence within the transgender and SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) communities, including participants from the Wisconsin area. 74% of trans participants reported experiencing more than one incident of sexual violence. 45% of those respondents were direct survivors (abuse happened directly to them), 45% were both direct and secondary survivors (a secondary survivor is someone who was impacted by sexual violence, but not a direct survivor).
There is limited research about the perpetration of sexual violence, both within and outside of LGBTQIA+ communities.
Teens who identify as LGBTQIA+ may also be at higher risk for sexual coercion or sexual assault.
Higher rates of forced sexual intercourse among gay or lesbian students (Median 23.7%), bisexual students (Median 22.6%) and students who were ”unsure” or questioning (Median of 19.8%). Heterosexual students showed a median of 7.2%.
You can find BAWAR’s current glossary of terms here: LGBTQIA+Glossary.BAWARPDF
* Bay Area Women Against Rape recognizes that our name presents a barrier to many in the LGBTQIA+ communities.
The agency is in the process of addressing this matter.
** centering people whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth (cisgender)
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