Serving the Needs of LGB/TGNC+ People Who Use Drugs

Queer and trans people use drugs at a proportionally higher rate. They also face higher rates of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment and underemployment, and inadequate health care.

LGB/TGNC+ people are more than twice as likely to use drugs than those who identify as heterosexual.

The needs of this community are unique and often neither the harm reduction or LGB/TGNC+ support organizations know how to support them.

Enter the Lighthouse Learning Collective. We gather, integrate and support development of collective knowledge around harm reduction care and practices for this community. We are challenging heteronormative assumptions so we can better support LGB/TGNC+ people who use drugs.

Lighthouse Learning Series

Join us for our first training series dedicated to the needs of LGB/TGNC+ folks who use drugs and engage in sex work!

The series consists of eight harm reduction trainings that range from sex work to cultivating affirming workspaces at your organization.

For more information about each session and to register, click through the sessions to the right!

Monthly Collective Meetings

The Lighthouse Learning Collective hosts monthly collaboration sessions that bring both harm reduction and LGB/TGNC+ support organizations together to develop strategies, build capacity, and create focused initiatives to address emerging needs within this community.

If you’re part of a harm reduction organization or a group that serves the LGB/TGNC+ community, attend one of these valuable sessions to:

Gain a deeper understanding of the needs of LGB/TGNC+ people and how you can better serve them

Learn about evidence-based harm reduction strategies to support people in this community who use drugs

Develop skills to bring back to your organization that can affect real change around the design and delivery of services

Explore drug-related health issues that disproportionately affect these communities including: accessibility, trauma, violence, sex work, incarceration, and houselessness

Build relationships with people working at different intersections of the same movement

Share your experiences and successes or workshop your challenges with fellow organizers working towards the same goals

Join us for the next meeting to help the collective reimagine safety for LGBQ/TGNC+ people.

All meetings are accessible virtually.

Connect with The Collective

Resources We Love Created by People We Respect

Some of our partners are creating amazing resources to speak to the intersections of harm reductions and various challenges for LGBQ/TGNC+ people who use drugs.

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