Programs & Support for the LGBTQ+ Community

 

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JFCS is proud to offer a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community throughout their lives. We have created a place where sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression can intersect to be embraced, affirmed, and celebrated.

The experience of exploring one’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be simultaneously liberating, empowering, and frightening. Some of those difficult feelings can range from isolation, confusion, and anxiety to depression and loneliness.  But you’re not alone; others have taken the same path and found acceptance and peace. JFCS can help. We are proud to offer…

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PROJECT RAINBOW FOR LGBTQ+ YOUTH

Project Rainbow is a safe, affirming, and fun monthly gathering for LGBTQ+ youth, along with their allies. We offer separate monthly groups at the Katz JCC for tweens in grades 6 – 8 and teens in grades 9 – 12. Upcoming teen dates: January 9, February 13, March 13. Upcoming tween dates: January 23, February 27, March 27. To learn more or RSVP, contact Galia Godel at (856) 424-1333 or ggodel@jfedsnj.org

Project Rainbow is a collaboration of JFCS and the Katz JCC, with grant funding by the
Camden County Board of Commissioners. 

LGBT AGING WITH PRIDE

The only group of its kind in South Jersey, this monthly program offers a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT older adults to share their experiences, build relationships, and discuss issues like discrimination and social isolation. Upcoming 2023 meetings: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 . To learn more or RSVP, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at (856) 424-1333 ext. 1184 or  rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org.

Sponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm (TREEL).

COUNSELING

Our Faye Manger Counseling Department offers therapeutic counseling and mental health support for LGBTQ+ individuals and families. Our licensed therapists can address sexual orientation, transgender issues, gender identity, family conflict, bullying, anxiety, coming out, and depression. To get started, please call (856) 424-1333 or fill out a Request Service E-Form

TRAINING

In partnership with with Keshet / JFCS Philly, we can offer cultural sensitivity training and parent workshops. To learn more about training opportunities, please contact Beth Wynne, Associate Executive Director, at bwynne@jfedsnj.org.

 

LGBTQ RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE*

Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships use all the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships — physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more. But abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships also reinforce their tactics that maintain power and control with societal factors that compound the complexity a survivor faces in leaving or getting safe in an LGBTQ relationship. 

Tactics of Power & Control

  • “Outing” a partner’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships may threaten to ‘out’ victims to family members, employers, community members and others.
  • Saying that no one will help the victim because s/he is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or that for this reason, the partner “deserves” the abuse.
  • Justifying the abuse with the notion that a partner is not “really” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (i.e. the victim may once have had/may still have relationships, or express a gender identity, inconsistent with the abuser’s definitions of these terms). This can be used both as a tool in verbal and emotional abuse as well as to further the isolation of a victim from the community.
  • Monopolizing support resources through an abusive partner’s manipulation of friends and family supports and generating sympathy and trust in order to cut off these resources to the victim. This is a particular issue to members of the LGBTQ community where they may be fewer specific resources, neighborhoods or social outlets.
  • Portraying the violence as mutual and even consensual, or as an expression of masculinity or some other “desirable” trait.

For more information on our Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program, call 856-424-1333 and ask for SARAH. All calls are confidential. 

* Information provided via the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.

 

JFCS NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

All JFCS clients have a right to be treated with dignity and respect; free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or disability; and not subject to any verbal, sexual, emotional, or physical abuse; or harsh or unfair treatment. To the extent possible, JFCS will make every reasonable accommodation to serve you consistent with our programs and services.

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