We work...to provide a world free from all forms of violence, such as: homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism racism, classism, sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, ageism, hate violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, state-sanctioned violence, stalking, bullying and harassment.
We affirm...and develop LGBTQ leadership as essential to our mission.
We Promote...respectful and equitable relationships, community accountability, LGBTQ visibility, access to survivor support, and affirming collaborations.
Our Values...The Virginia Anti-Violence Project uses the image of a tree to represent our core values and how we strive to live into those organizationally and as individual members of the organization. These values are inseparable and flow with one another to create solid roots from which to grow.
Therefore, our work is rooted in:
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project joins our community in building experiences of acceptance and connection to something beyond ourselves. We long to feel engaged with each other, to show up, to be seen and heard, and to feel valued.
Family/Healthy Relationships & Sexuality
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project joins our community in celebrating families and relationships in all of their queer and beautiful variations. We love our chosen and biological families, our pets, our children, our friends, and relationships where people can feel at home and loved. We recognize the importance of having complex and fun conversations about how sex, sexuality, intimacy, and consent are indeed central and crucial to our lives.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project challenges our community to honor the wholeness of our individual and collective identities. We must acknowledge our shared oppression while also acknowledging some members of our community are disproportionally impacted by multiple forms of oppression. We commit individually and organizationally to joining you in addressing and dismantling white supremacy.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project recognizes that in order to end violence against and within LGBTQ communities, we must work toward full LGBTQ liberation. We recognize that individual, community, and cultural change are inextricably linked and our community must engage in diverse mainstream spaces in order to ensure that all of our people have access to equitable resources.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project trusts that people in our communities know what’s best for us. We follow the fierce leadership that already exists within our communities, particularly centering people who are most affected by oppression and violence.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project wants to create with you. We want to sing with you. We want to dance with you. We want to celebrate with you. We want to share in your hope and joy. Because the world we want to create with y'all is one filled with beautiful queer fun.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project depends on our community to hold us accountable in aligning our collective and individual actions and decisions with our stated values and commitments. We recognize that we will fall short of our community’s expectations at times and we commit to being open, honest, and consistently showing up as we learn and grow in community.