A White House panel on domestic violence hosted by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett included Sharon Stapel of the Anti-Violence Project (AVP).

The panel was part of the administration's ongoing Champions of Change program created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and leaders are recognized for their work in the field.

The 31-year-old New York City-based AVP is the country's largest organization dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual violence and domestic/intimate partner violence affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-affected people.

During Thursday's panel, Stapel said gay people face domestic violence at the same rates as other groups plus discrimination outside the home.

“LGBT people have very few safe places in this country. We face almost daily discrimination bias and lawful discrimination against ourselves and our communities because of who we are and who we love. And in the midst of that we also experience intimate partner violence at the same rates that every other community experiences,” Stapel said. (The audio is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

(Related: Obama honors gay rights advocate Janice Langbehn with Citizens Medal.)