New housing initiative for LGBTQ people scheduled to open this fall

Co-founded and led by Tatyana Woodard and Bishop Romaine Gibbs, Ark of Safety LGBTQ+ Safe Haven will provide a variety of resources and support services, including a weekly nighttime drop-in for people to come and get a hot meal and a shower, emergency shelter services, and, thanks to a grant from Homeless Assistance Fund Incorporated (HAFI), a two-year rapid rehousing program specifically for trans individuals of color. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

New digital mental health tool is now available to LGBTQ youth

When it comes to the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth, resources are not always abundant in places like schools or community centers. That’s where the free, research-based digital mental health tool imi (pronounced eye-me) comes in. Imi was created to help queer and trans youth explore and affirm their identity and engage in practical techniques that increase methods of coping with stress related to sexual orientation and gender. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)

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Philly LGBTQ realtors provide safe spaces for their queer clients

Similar to having a queer therapist or doctor who’s familiar with their patients’ life experiences, LGBTQ realtors are often a culturally competent fit for LGBTQ home buyers and sellers. Queer realtors may be more attuned to using gender-neutral language, or avoiding terms that may lead to assumptions about a client or colleague’s sexual orientation or gender identity. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)