The LGBTQ+ Peer Led Support Group (PLSG), a partnership between SAPAC and Spectrum Center, is a confidential healing space for those who identify as survivors of sexual violence, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and/or stalking. LGBTQ+ PLSG is a weekly drop-in, student-led group that welcomes students of any gender, age, degree level, or identity.
The group offers semi-structured activities, self-care practices, and a safe space for sharing experiences with LGBTQ+ identity, violence, and the intersection between both, if individuals choose to share. The group is open to all survivors of sexual and relationship violence, whether those experiences happened earlier in life or in college.
This space specifically centers survivors who identify as LGBTQ+ and are currently University of Michigan students; if you do not identify as LGBTQ+, we encourage you to consider joining SAPAC’s General Peer Led Support Group.
For more information, please email SAPAC@umich.edu
Fall 2020 Meeting Schedule:
Zoom Meetings: Thursdays from 7:30-9:00pm EST
Chat Only Meetings: Sundays from 7:30-8:30pm EST
LGBTQ+ PLSG will be meeting virtually for Fall 2020
Meet the Facilitators:
Amy Ransom is a senior from Miami, FL, majoring in Women's and Gender Studies and minoring in Community Action Social Change (CASC) and Creative Writing. Outside of school, she's involved in SAPAC's Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support (SEAS) Program, has just finished an internship with the anti-sexual violence organization, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), and plans on volunteering again with 826michigan, the writing nonprofit that she was involved with last year. She wanted to become an LGBTQ+ PLSG co-facilitator because she's passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and survivor empowerment. She hopes to continue pursuing her passions while building an empathetic, caring community with participants and her co-facilitator. This is her first semester facilitating PLSG and she's incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this supportive space that centers LGBTQ+ survivor experiences and perspectives.
Holden Bender-Bernstein is a first-year grad student pursuing master’s degrees in Educational Studies (Design & Technologies for Learning Across Culture & Contexts) and Social Work (Welfare of Children & Families pathway), and self-describes as a "dog, baby, and ukulele enthusiast". He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA where he was an RA for first-year students, and holds a BFA in Theatre Education & Performance and a minor in Psychology. While in Boston, Holden had opportunities to intern with Citizens for Juvenile Justice, volunteer with Franciscan Children's Hospital's Adolescent and Latency Psychiatric Units, and had both formal and informal opportunities to work with survivors and fellow queer folks on campus. Outside of this work, Holden has served as a classroom teacher, acts, sings, leads folks in song at virtual campfires with a company called TeamBonding, teaches guitar and voice lessons, and works with private clients doing executive functioning coaching and assistance. This is Holden’s first semester as a PLSG facilitator, and he is incredibly excited to be on the team! Holden is a believer in the power of restorative and transformative justice, and hopes to create and hold an equitable and empathetic space for fellow queer survivors.