Support for the LGBTQ Community

 

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) Affirmation and Support

JFCS provides 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.

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WHAT CAN JFCS PROVIDE?

COUNSELING
We provide counseling and support to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community, regarding sexual orientation, transgender,  gender identity, family conflict, bullying, anxiety, coming out, and depression.

PROJECT RAINBOW FOR LGBTQ TEENS
This monthly group provides support and social opportunities for teens in grades 7-12, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer, and their allies. Social events are planned in conjunction with opportunities for group support and discussion. Presented in collaboration with the Katz JCC. Grant funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation and the Camden County Board of Freeholders. 2019 Dates: Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 16, Jun. 6, Jul. 7, Aug. 13. 

For more information, please contact Nancy Lubars at nlubars@jfedsnj.org.

LGBT AGING WITH PRIDE
This monthly program offers a welcoming atmosphere to share resources, build relationships, learn about JFCS services, and discuss unique LGBT issues, such as social isolation and discrimination. Sponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm (TREEL). 2019 Dates: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10, Jun. 14, Jul. 12, Aug. 9, Sep. 13. 

For more information, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, CDP at rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org. 

TRAINING
JFCS partners with Keshet/JFCS Philly and 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 the JFCS 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

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 program services.

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