LGBTQIA+ Survivors



Central Beliefs and Values

FORGE strives to create a world where ALL voices, people and bodies are valued, respected, honored, and celebrated; where every individual feels safe, supported, respected, and empowered.

Their work focuses around the following four central beliefs:

  1. A belief that trans people and loved ones are resilient (but may still benefit from some reminders and skills);
  2. A belief that service providers have the profession-specific skills they need to serve trans people, but simply need additional trans-specific knowledge and confidence;
  3. A belief that EVERY person is valuable and has a great deal to contribute to society; and
  4. A belief that binary systems and thinking create arbitrary lines between people and communities, which damage spirits and resilience.



The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, we operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotlinethe LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the LGBT National Senior Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

LGBT National Hotline - 1.888.843.4564

LGBT National Youth Talkline - 1.800.246.7743

LGBT National Senior Hotline - 1.800.234.7234

Online Peer Support Chat -

Weekly Youth Chatrooms -


The Department of Victim Services (DVS) at EQMI provides dedicated survivor-centered services to LGBTQ, SGL, and individuals living with HIV who have experienced violence, discrimination, and harassment. EQMI DVS works to increase self-determination, safety, and power for people who have been harmed.

Our support and advocacy services are directed to work with LGBTQ, SGL, and HIV-affected people experiencing various forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, harassment, and discrimination. We work to center the needs of people who have been harmed and, as advocates, we know our role is to support them however that takes shape. Therefore, our services are survivor-centric and tailored to the specific needs of each person.



RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.


The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center


The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center is to celebrate, affirm, and support Queer and Trans individuals and communities at Michigan State University. We strive to create a more just and equitable campus for people of all genders and sexualities, centering the voices of Black and Indigenous people of color. We enact this work through advocacy, education, programming, and community-building.


Envisioning a campus free from oppression.


  • Justice
  • Transformation
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Intersectionality
  • Courage