The response to our first LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces National Needs Assessment gives an important and in-depth look at the violence and threats our communities face.

Our safe spaces face an unprecedented, ever-growing risk of violence and harm. It’s time to demand resources to protect our sacred safe spaces within the communities where we live, work, learn and play. The safety of every LGBTQ+ person nationwide is at stake, and you have an important role in our progress forward.

AVP is proud to release Under Attack: 2022 LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces National Needs Assessment report, a first-ever large survey of LGBTQ+ organizations and groups nationwide about hate violence and prevention needs. You can find the report here. We hope to engage LGBTQ+ spaces, businesses and organizations nationwide to help share the results and drive important conversations in all communities nationwide about LGBTQ+ community safety.

Action Plan


Around 380 LGBTQ+ businesses, spaces and groups nationwide completed the 2022 LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces National Needs Assessment between December 2022 – March 2023.


More than 3 out of 5 of the nearly 400 LGBTQ+ organizations and businesses that took the survey experienced anti-LGBTQ+ violence. Click to view the final report.


Take this information back to your communities to help drive changes that make LGBTQ+ people and spaces safer.

Who took the survey?

LGBTQ non-profit and community spaces

Organizations led by or serving LGBTQ people, in a non-profit capacity with or without physical spaces. These types of formally-established organizations can be LGBTQ community centers, outreach centers, youth organizations, or other physical or virtual spaces where LGBTQ people gather.

LGBTQ-owned or LGBTQ-serving businesses

Locations that are owned and operated by someone in the LGBTQ community, or primarily target and conduct business LGBTQ community with products and services. These spaces can include bars, restaurants, event venues, coffee shops, bookstores, and other establishments wither business is conducted.

LGBTQ-affirming places/spaces of worship

Religious and faith-based groups led by or targeted toward LGBTQ people, and inclusive and affirming of LGBTQ community. Can be virtual or physical, and can be official houses of worship or religiously or spiritually-themed meeting groups for LGBTQ worshippers.

College/University LGBTQ/Diversity centers

Physical or virtual spaces on campus designated for LGBTQ community to gather, including spaces designated for all diversity-focused groups. Can include LGBTQ centers and LGBTQ campus groups.

Community ally venues

Spaces and places that don’t fit into the categories above, but have held virtual or physical space for LGBTQ community in the last 12 months including libraries, historical societies, cultural centers, schools, governmental groups or other non LGBTQ-specific locations.

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