CUAV statement on Ferguson and the killing of Mike Brown

In the wake of the killing of Mike Brown we are deeply saddened by losing yet another life to police brutality.  At CUAV we work with LGBTQ survivors of domestic and hate violence. Through our work we have come to understand police violence as an LGBTQ issue. We know that being a person of color, [...]

We’re expanding! Job post here

Have you always wanted to help build the power of queer and trans people to lead our movements for justice? Do you want to support the healing of LGBTQ survivors of violence? Do you want to work as part of a staff collective? If so, this may be the job for you. Job Description – [...]

CUAV’s 35th anniversary Open House

CUAV turned 35! From the White Night Riots of 1979 to challenging the systems that criminalize us in 2014, CUAV has been at the forefront of LGBTQ safety. On May 22nd, 2014, we celebrated CUAV’s 35 years of powerful work in our community. Did you miss the party? Here‘s some photos! Host Committee: David Campos, [...]

Wise and Natural Choices

I’ve been busy lately. I’ve had a lot to do and a lot to think about. And as a domestic violence survivor, as someone who is proudly and continuously in the process of healing, I’ve got plenty on my mind. All of this means I’m immensely grateful for all of the things my body takes [...]

A Very Queer Winter

This time of year is known as one for showing gratitude, giving gifts and spending time with family. Personally, I’m a big fan of gratitude. But I also know that, for people who don’t come from or live in homes that match the picture-perfect family lives we see in holiday advertisements this time of year, [...]

A Self-Love Celebration

I confess: I’ve made mistakes. I’ve also bled, and I’ve sweated, and I’ve sneezed. I’ve lost my breath, and I’ve caught my breath. I’ve fallen asleep. And I’ve woken up. Based on what I’ve learned lately, it turns out making mistakes, like all of these other actions, is natural. The fact that I’ve made mistakes [...]

CUAV and coalition pass Anti-SComm ordinance

Starting November 8th, under the Due Process for All ordinance, San Francisco sheriffs will no longer hold people for ICE deportation except in a very small set of circumstances. As part of the San Francisco Immigrants Rights Defense Committee (SFIRDC) CUAV helped to pass the Due Process for All Ordinance, one of the most progressive [...]

Check out the 2012 Domestic Violence Report

NCAVP 2012 IPV Report (2013 edition)

Love for Our Spirits

To love ourselves is to celebrate ourselves is to give ourselves a moment to shine in the spotlight, I say. So I’m really looking forward to doing just that at CUAV’s 3rd annual Color of My Spirit, our performance night of queer and trans artists celebrating our survival and resilience. This year, we have a [...]

Survival Stories – Surviving S-Comm

“What is a witch if not a woman blind to all except surviving?” – Gale P. Jackson What might someone find if they burst into your home today? Would they hear the stories the walls have been holding for years? When I was growing up, my father told me about immigrating to the United States [...]