We will always listen and believe you, without question, with regards to your identity.
We will never share any information we collect without your express consent, each and every time. That includes information about your identity.
We understand that many young people do not feel that it is safe for their families, classmates, or other people in their lives to know that they identify as LGBTQIA+. We will never share that information without direct consent from the individual. The trust our youngest members have in us is paramount.
It is unethical to remove access to knowledge and understanding based solely on ideological lines. We work to uphold access to accurate and reputable information about LGBTQ+ lives, bodies, communities, and history.
We strive to create a safer space for all people to explore their identities, connections, and place within the community, while lifting up the lived experiences of others.
NoVA Prism Center & Library, LLC was founded in May 2022 under a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsorship by local transgender educators and activists as a response to the controversial protests at Northern Virginia school board meetings regarding the banning books covering LGBTQ+ topics. As a LGBTQ+ run organization with roots in the community it serves, NoVA Prism Center & Library is an answer to both the threat of lost access for LGBTQ+ teens in the region, as well as being the community resource that the LGBTQ+ community desperately needs moving forward.
Currently, NoVA Prism Center & Library operates on a pop-up events basis, with participation at local Pride Festivals, library pop-ups at local businesses and organizations, and community events at county libraries. Additionally, the org has recently launched a donor-supported independent online literary magazine, The Lantern, featuring LGBTQ+ writers and artists local to Northern Virginia as a way of giving back to and supporting the community. However, with sufficient funding, the goal is to open a physical location in Fairfax County to house a library collection, support social support and community events, and host lectures and workshops on educational topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.