"As the Director of EBSC I have worked with hundreds of LGBT clients who fled terrible persecution in their home countries on account of their sexual orientation, and I have long advocated for some kind of continuing therapy for these profoundly traumatized individuals. OLAS is precisely the kind of project needed." Michael Smith, Director of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
OLAS believes that all people who seek refuge in the U.S. due to homophobia and transphobia deserve access to affordable and effective mental health care and community support.
Violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender leave long lasting, traumatic effects on the individuals who experience it. People who receive mental health services, whether individual or group counseling, tend to have much better outcomes, though few are able to access these much needed services. We believe that gender and sexual orientation or country of origin should not be an impediment to being happy, healthy, and a thriving members of our community.