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HoHoHo for BRAVO - December 13, 2018 6:30 pm

Aaron Eckhardt - Friday, November 16, 2018

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Employment Opportunity - Executive Director

Aaron Eckhardt - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 

BRAVO Executive Director - 40 hours per week - Columbus, OH
The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead its mission to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities (LGBTQ+). Reporting to the BRAVO Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is the organization's principal administrator and leader responsible for the financial management of the organization as well as the success, improvement, and strategic growth of programs and services. The Executive Director will develop and oversee high-quality programs and services, identify emerging needs in the LGBTQ+ community, and have the flexibility and initiative to adjust to meet those needs.

 

With the dedication and hard work of the Interim Executive Director, BRAVO Staff, and BRAVO Board during this time of transition, "We are now ready to begin our search for the right person to take our mission and our services to the next level," stated Debé Turnbull, BRAVO Board President. "We are looking for someone with the passion and the vision to find new and exciting ways to reach out to the communities we serve, coupled with the business acumen to help BRAVO grow."

BRAVO will be accepting applications until July 31, 2018. Final interviews will be conducted in early August.

 

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BRAVO is an equal opportunity employer.

BRAVO does not discriminate against any employee, volunteer, applicant, or person seeking and/or receiving services on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, citizen status, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation, or HIV status.

BRAVO Announces 2018 Community Service Award Recipients to be Honored at Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Aaron Eckhardt - Friday, May 04, 2018

 

 

BRAVO Announces 2018 Community Service Award Recipients
Awardees to Be Honored at Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 2018


Friday, May 4, 2018

Media contact:
Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director
(614) 294-7867 | aaron@bravo-ohio.org

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The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 BRAVO Community Service Awards. Each year BRAVO honors individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in their service, dedication and work within and on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) communities. BRAVO acknowledges those who lead the way, and those whose work goes on behind the scenes, often unnoticed and under-appreciated. The selection of the award recipients this year certainly holds to that tradition.

 

Throughout his career in media, and especially his work with Outlook Magazine, and now with PRIZM, Bob Vitale has used his expertise to engage the public and raise awareness within and on behalf of the LGBTQ community. When our community needs a voice, he is there to help educate us and advocate for us. Bob has always been supportive of BRAVO and has amplified the message of safety and awareness when we need it most. BRAVO is honored to award Bob Vitale our BRAVO Spotlight Award, acknowledging his exemplary talent and service.

As a statewide organization, it is essential that BRAVO forge strong partnerships throughout Ohio in order to provide vital services to those who have experienced violence. BRAVO can count on the support and partnership of the LGBTQ Community Center of Greater Cleveland, and its Executive Director, Phyllis Harris. Phyllis has always been there to answer the call for BRAVO, and we thank her for her leadership and insight, which has been instrumental as we worked to provide assistance and support to the LGBTQ community is Northwestern Ohio. BRAVO is delighted to award Phyllis our Community Service Award for her dedication and commitment to safety for all.

As a leader and role model, C. Raphael Davis Williams, Esq. has been an excellent example of someone committed to making a difference. As Deputy General Counsel for the ACLU of Ohio and member of their Executive and Nominating Committees, in addition to his service as Cooperating Attorney for the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Raphael demonstrated his passion for justice and equality. Though his work as the immediate past President of the Board of Directors for Kaleidoscope, he was instrumental in the continued partnership between BRAVO and Kaleidoscope to ensure and increase access to services and programs for LGBTQ youth and families across Ohio. BRAVO continues to be grateful for Raphael’s counsel and insight, which has been helpful as we move BRAVO’s mission forward. We are very pleased to honor Raphael with our Community service award.

For many years, Club Diversity has been a great friend to BRAVO. As a gathering place where everyone is welcome, the owners and staff at Club Diversity have been incredibly supportive. They have given us a space to have events and fundraisers, and supplied BRAVO’s board with a place to meet for monthly meetings. They also prominently display our literature and other information so our community can stay informed. For their long-time support, BRAVO is proud to award the owners, Davina Lapczynski, Adam Ferrell and Calvin Gruszecki, as well as Richard Green, who has always made us feel welcome, our Community Service Award.

Laura Frizzell has been a helpline volunteer with BRAVO for many years. She has responded to several acute crisis incidents during helpline shifts, and in all instances, Laura responds with compassion, professionalism, and a survivor centric focus. Additionally, Laura is an excellent team player, always picking up extra shifts when needed. That willingness to lend a hand does not go unnoticed. BRAVO is thrilled to award Laura our Volunteer of the Year Award for her outstanding service and continued dedication to survivors of violence in the LGBTQI communities.

The 2018 BRAVO Community Service Awards will be presented at the annual BRAVO signature event Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 2018 on Saturday May 19, 2018. The awards presentation will take place at the opening cocktail reception at 5:30 PM at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43215. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the BRAVO office 614-294-7867 or visit the BRAVO website.


BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.


 

Advocates for Transgender Equality Filed a Lawsuit to Challenge Ohio’s Birth Certificate Policy

Aaron Eckhardt - Thursday, March 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2018

Media contact:
Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director
(614) 294-7867 | aaron@bravo-ohio.org

COLUMBUS — Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal announced a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s refusal to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates, for any reason, at any time.

 

“It is unconscionable that Ohio continues to deny this basic right to transgender people. Without a birth certificate that aligns with who they are, our transgender citizens from Ohio are at risk of being outed and are more vulnerable to violence. It is time for Ohio to join the vast majority of states that recognize the cruelty of withholding something so vital to a person’s identity. I believe the people of Ohio are better than this and will support this change in the law.”, Says Debé Turnbull, Board president for BRAVO.

 

Ohio is just one of three states, the others being Tennessee and Kansas, to have this extremely outdated policy. A similar policy in Idaho was recently struck down by a federal judge.

 

“To not afford transgender individuals this simple act of dignity and respect is disheartening and discriminatory. Additionally, the fact that in our state, transgender individuals cannot obtain birth certificates with their correct gender marker is completely unacceptable.”, Said Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director of BRAVO.

 

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. BRAVO is in complete support of the ACLU of Ohio in their efforts to protect and expand LGBTQ rights.

 

BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free at 866-86-BRAVO or visit our website at http://www.bravo-ohio.org. To learn more about our statewide advocacy, survivor services, receive trainings, and/or support, contact BRAVO. For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please visit www.ncavp.org.

 

Please connect with BRAVO via www.facebook.com/bravoavp or signup for our email updates on our website http://www.bravo-ohio.org for updates.


BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities

 

BRAVO is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)

BRAVO 2018 First Quarter Report

Aaron Eckhardt - Thursday, March 15, 2018

The first quarter of 2018 is coming to an end. In this short time, we have already made a number of significant transitions; the largest being the promotion of our new Interim Executive Director, Aaron Eckhardt, MSW. They have been with BRAVO for 7 years, in the capacity of Training and Technical Assistance Director, and most recently as Associate Director. The institutional knowledge they bring to BRAVO ensures the smooth continuation of programs and services.

In addition, BRAVO has undergone some staff transitions, welcoming two current staff members into new positions, Shinesha Yoder as the Survivor Services Coordinator and Jennifer Eidemiller as the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator. Finally, we welcome Ashton Kimbler onto our staff as the Outreach and Safety Program Assistant.

Our staffing changes are just the tip of the iceberg though. BRAVO has undergone a critical assessment of our services, and as a result we are launching a series of new initiatives:

  • In April, BRAVO will publish its first annual Community Benefit Report in over 8 years. We understand our stakeholders need for transparency, and we commit to providing these reports on an annual basis. Once published, it will be available on the website, and electronically or in print upon request.
  • On April 16th, BRAVO will relaunch the LGBTQ Survivors of Violence support group. This is the first support group BRAVO has had in nearly 4 years. The group provides a safe space for LGBTQ survivors of violence to connect with one another, and work toward living vibrant, healthy, fully engaged lives.
  • In May, BRAVO will begin rolling out a redesign of our Victim Services programs:
    • Transitioning from current Information and Referral Services into a Comprehensive Case Management Model. We want our clients to be supported throughout the duration of their healing process.
    • The launch of a centralized Web-based intake system, which will streamline and decrease response times.
    • A one-touch web-based violence reporting function
    • A BRAVO app to document incidents in real time with a safe means to contact BRAVO
    • Expanding services in rural communities
  • In June, we will launch a strength-based volunteer recruitment program. BRAVO will begin actively recruiting volunteers and matching them with areas of expertise and interest. These placements will provide a greater, long-lasting and gratifying experience for volunteers.
  • In July, BRAVO will begin rolling out the redesign of the BRAVO Training and Technical Assistance programs:
    • An increase in the number of trainings performed in rural Ohio communities
    • Expand the types of trainings provided.
    • Launch of web-based training portals, which will provide recipient organizations access to supplemental training materials on an on-going basis.
    • An option of web-based training facilitation
  • In October, BRAVO will begin rolling out an expansion of Youth Services. The details of these services are still being solidified, but please continue to stay in touch with us and keep tabs on how we've grown!

BRAVO has had an active first quarter in 2018. We are confident that our growth will continue, and we appreciate the support, feedback, and patience from our community as we grow into an organization that will make you proud! Please follow our work and engage with us on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BRAVOAVP
Twitter: @BRAVOAPV
Instagram: @BRAVOAVP

BRAVO Announces New Peer Support Group

Aaron Eckhardt - Friday, March 09, 2018

BRAVO Announcement - New Support Group

Monthly LGBTQ Survivors of Violence Peer Support Group

BRAVO support groups offer a place for LGBTQ survivors of violence to connect with other survivors, working together toward the goal of living a vibrant, healthy and fully engaged life.

FIRST MEETING: APRIL 16, 2018 | 7:00-8:00 PM
RSVP: by April 13, 2018Phone: (614) 294-7867 | Email: supportgroups@bravo-ohio.org


 

Community Alert - Stronger than Hate

Aaron Eckhardt - Thursday, March 01, 2018

 

BRAVO IS ISSUING THE FOLLOWING ALERT FOR THE SAFETY OF THE LGBTQI COMMUNITIES OF CENTRAL OHIO


March 2, 2018

We Are Stronger Than Hate

The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) would like to encourage the LGBTQI community to be extra aware of their surroundings over the first week of March.

Whenever there is a large influx of people visiting our city, as is the case when any large event comes to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, there is also an increased possibility of violence. It remains important that we not associate violence with any one event; however, it has been reported multiple times by media and law enforcement that there is an increase in human trafficking and associated violence during the Arnold Classic, which is one of the largest events in the Midwest. There will be a lot of new faces in the crowd, especially in the downtown and Short North areas. The vast majority of people are here to have a good time in our great city and enjoy the hospitality Columbus has to offer; nonetheless, there may be people looking to do harm as well.

This is a time to be extra vigilant. We need to be aware of our surroundings and watch out for each other. If possible, go out with friends and be accountable to each other. Make sure someone knows where you are going, and with whom. Avoid walking alone, especially in alleys or dark, less populated areas. If you feel uncomfortable, listen to your instincts. If you do see something, say something. BRAVO is here to help. It is never your fault if someone chooses to cause harm.

Don't Take It… Report It! has been a mantra for over 20-years as BRAVO has been working to provide life-saving and affirming services to LGBTQI survivors of violence across the state of Ohio. We can provide advocacy and crisis support services when needed and wanted for individuals, groups, families, and communities. We also keep track of such incidents so we can continue to provide services and response when needs arise. These reports help BRAVO and help our collective communities.

BRAVO Volunteers and Staff will be out in the community on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd evenings in the Short North and the Columbus South Side LGBTQ bars distributing safety information, items, and talking about community safety. If you see one of us please say hello and pick up a BRAVO Safety Tip Card.

Please connect with BRAVO via www.facebook.com/bravoavp or signup for our email updates on our website http://www.bravo-ohio.org for updates and any information regarding community response.

If you or anyone you know have experienced violence, contact BRAVO - We can help!
614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO.

All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously. All BRAVO services are free

Community Alert We are Stronger Than Hate

* STAY ALERT * TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS * BE AWARE *


BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities

BRAVO is a proud founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)

BRAVO mourns the loss of Phylicia Mitchell in Cleveland, Ohio

Aaron Eckhardt - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2018

Media contact:
Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director
(614) 294-7867 | aaron@bravo-ohio.org

BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization) responds to the homicide of Phylicia Mitchell, a 45-year-old transgender woman of color killed in Cleveland, Ohio on February 26, 2018.

Reports indicate Phylicia was found dead in her home located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. BRAVO is working with Cleveland area organizations and individuals throughout Ohio to offer our assistance. “Our hearts, minds and condolences are with Phylicia’s chosen family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. We at BRAVO are saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted, and we remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio. We must continue to come together as a broad community of support until hate has no home in Ohio, until hate has no home anywhere,” says Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director of BRAVO.

According to media sources, Cleveland Police has not released information about the motivation or identified a suspect at this time. Her longtime partner, Shane Mitchell has told media sources that he thinks Phylicia’s death was drug-related. At BRAVO we recognize even when no motive or incomplete motive is known, the possibility of hate motivation based on gender identity must always be considered. Especially given the ongoing prevalence of violence faced by transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people living here in Ohio and nationwide.

The homicide of Phylicia Mitchell marks the fifth homicide of a transgender person murdered in 2018. Eckhardt added, “2017 was the deadliest year on recorded for single incident anti-LGBTQ homicides since data collection began. This is a critical time, we have to acknowledge and continue to take action to combat this epidemic of hate and bias violence. We call on all systems of government, and the community to commit more resources to resist and reduce violence in Ohio and the nation.”

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ (NCAVP) report, A Crisis of Hate, 52 anti-LGBTQ single incident homicides in 2017 an 86% increase from 2017. Tragically for the past five-years, transgender women of color are the most impacted by violence and homicide among the LGBTQ communities.

“We at BRAVO know that the reality of hate violence is intended to instill a message of hate and fear throughout our entire community. Even with the increase in reporting, it is still true that hate violence incidents largely go under-reported, or not reported at all. No one should have to go through this alone, said Debé Turnbull, Board President of BRAVO, “BRAVO can help.”

BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free at 866-86-BRAVO or visit our website at http://www.bravo-ohio.org. To learn more about our statewide advocacy, survivor services, receive trainings, and/or support, contact BRAVO. For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please visit www.ncavp.org.

BRAVO is working in solidarity with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, other organizations, and with all Ohioans as we come together in response to this heinous act of violence.

Please connect with BRAVO via www.facebook.com/bravoavp or signup for our email updates on our website http://www.bravo-ohio.org for updates and any information regarding community response.


BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.

BRAVO is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).

BRAVO Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against the #Blackpride4

Aaron Eckhardt - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 

MEDIA RELEASE


For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018
Media Contact: Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director
614-294-7867-6402 | aaron@bravo-ohio.org


Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against the #Blackpride4

This past year, four black queer and trans individuals, Wriply Bennet, Kendall Denton, Ashley Braxton and Deandre Miles, were arrested and detained during a protest at the annual Columbus Pride Parade. The individuals, known collectively as the #BlackPride4, currently face multiple charges. The protest was in response to state violence and the lack of inclusion and erasure of LGBTQI people of color in a time when violence against our communities is reaching unprecedented levels nationwide and here at home.

The LGBTQI community has a long history of fighting against hate and bias violence, interpersonal violence, and targeted state violence, such as the Compton’s Cafeteria riot in 1966 and the Stonewall riot in 1969. As pride events commemorate these early pioneers and freedom fighters for LGBTQI civil rights and continue to spread awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQI community, there is clearly more critical work to be done. Record numbers of trans women of color were murdered in 2017. There also continues to be consistent and increasing reports of state violence, especially towards LGBTQI people of color. We encourage our community to come together, remember our roots, and call for an end to systemic violence. No one is free, until we all are free.

BRAVO remains committed to non-violent, peaceful protest, and supports action calling attention to intersectional violence. BRAVO continues to call for justice for the #BlackPride4, as they prepare for trial in early February. We stand in solidarity with local organizers bringing awareness to all forms of racist, and anti-LGBTQI violence. We are in opposition to all forms of oppression and violence, from within our community or against it. This includes hate and bias violence, interpersonal violence, and targeted state violence. We will continue to do our best to grow and change in order to serve our entire LGBTQI community and support local and national anti-violence work.


BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

BRAVO is a proud founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)

 

Aaron Eckhardt named Interim Executive Director

Aaron Eckhardt - Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Media Contact: Debe Turnbull, BRAVO Board President
614-633-6402 debe@bravo-ohio.org

Aaron Eckhardt named Interim Executive Director

In a restructuring move to meet the needs of the organization, Aaron Eckhardt has been named Interim Executive Director of The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO). Aaron brings 18 years of social work practice and experience working with many different populations and communities. Most recently Aaron served as the Associate Director at BRAVO, and previously was the Training and Technical Assistance Director for BRAVO. Aaron has been involved with the operations at BRAVO for many years, and his appointment will ensure the smooth continuation of programs and services.

Aaron Eckhardt said: “I have a tremendous amount of gratitude and respect for the founder of BRAVO, Gloria McCauley, my long-time mentor and friend. She has served BRAVO for more than twenty years and we all have an amazing legacy to uphold. I am humbled and excited to accept this position and continue serving those affected by violence in the LGBTQ communities of Ohio.”

The BRAVO Board of Directors will be initiating a search for a permanent Executive Director, and a separate announcement will be sent when that process begins. The board wishes to add our thanks to Gloria McCauley. Her devotion and passion for BRAVO made the work of the organization possible. She is a true pioneer and advocate and we thank her for her tireless service on BRAVO’s behalf.


Mission: BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.