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Our rural spaces are filled with diversity and this diversity gives vibrancy and opportunity to our rural communities. It also brings new challenges for dual/multi-service advocacy agencies trying to provide services to an ever-growing range of sexual violence survivors. Part of our rural diversity comes from our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) neighbors. Many studies estimate that LGBTQ people experience sexual violence at higher rates than their heterosexual and non-transgender counterparts. This guide is intended for programs and coalitions hoping to explore ways to open up their services to LGBTQ sexual violence survivors in their communities. Included in this whitepaper is a several page guide to LGBTQ terminology and a list of other LGBTQ resources for sexual assault service providers.