Aaron Eckhardt - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

BRAVO is issuing the following alert for the safety of the LGBTQI  Communities of Ohio

February 1, 2017

In the past week BRAVO has been made aware directly and via social media of recent reports of hate/bias violence and harassment of LGBTQI individuals.Some of the known incidents occurred in the local area of the Short North in Columbus, OH. There is a heightened sense of fear and seeming increase in these types of incidents in the past few weeks. BRAVO is here to help. It is never your fault if someone chooses to cause harm.

As we continue to look toward tomorrow and beyond, we know we are all individually part of something much larger than ourselves. We must continue to illuminate oppression, hatred, and violence in all its forms. We are not alone. Remaining steadfast in solidarity with one another, we draw upon these connections for hope and action. We will work tirelessly, continuously moving ourselves into the fight for justice and acceptance everywhere. In the past weeks, we continue to be tested, as we have been so many countless times before, and just as many of us feel drained, tired, and overwhelmed, may we all find that our capacity to love and to care for each other may continue to grow.

Don't Take It… Report It! has been a mantra for all 20 years BRAVO has been working to provide life-saving and affirming services to LGBTQI survivors of violence across the state of Ohio. We are asking for your assistance. If you have been the victim of, or are aware of, hate/bias and/or harassment incidents please contact BRAVO at 614-294-7867 or 1-866-86-BRAVO. We can provide advocacy and crisis support services when needed and wanted. We are also keeping track of such incidents so we can continue to provide services and response when needs arise. These reports help BRAVO and help our collective communities.

If you or anyone you know have experienced violence, contact BRAVO - we can help! 614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO.

All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously. All BRAVO services are free.


Don’t Take It… Report It!

BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

BRAVO is a proud founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)


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