FEBRUARY 23, 2017 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NCAVP Media Contact: Sue Yacka (212) 714-1184; syacka@avp.org NCAVP denounces the Trump administration’s lack of support for transgender students The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), which is made up of over 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy groups across the country, denounces the Trump administration’s recent announcement to rescind protections put in place by the Obama administration for transgender students that had allowed them to use facilities, including bathrooms which correspond with their gender identity. This announcement sends a clear message that the Trump administration will not protect the rights of LGBTQ people, particularly LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth, especially transgender youth, experience bullying and violence from their peers for their gender identity and expression and higher than average rates of homelessness as a result of family rejection. The actions of this administration only serve to increase these risks. “Eradicating ...

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  • NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience 2017

    TheatreLAB and Richmond Triangle Players are once again partnering with Virginia Anti-Violence Project to help tell powerful stories of the LGBTQ+ community. These stories of resilience and strength have been collected over the past year and are being crafted into an original piece of theatre by an ensemble of actors and writers. The piece, NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience, is led in concept and creation by Melissa Rayford, and will be performed on January 15th and 22nd at Richmond Triangle Players as a benefit for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP). From Stacie Vecchietti, Director of Virginia Anti-Violence Project​: “VAVP has been doing anti-violence work in diverse LGBTQ communities for years, but over the past several months, our work has taken on a particular urgency. We know that incidents of hate and bias motivated harassment and violence, specifically, have been on the rise since ...

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