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LGBT BAME third sector groups and organisations in London: Their roles, their purpose and their support needs
This particular report is focused on the issues and needs of LGBT BAME (and refugee) organisations and groups in London and the South East, disaggregated from the overall research findings.
It provides an insight into support that is needed for such groups to survive; and highlights the barriers that they face when engaging with the variety of support infrastructure available – including BAME specialist, pan equality, LGBT and generalist organisations.
The purpose of the project (and thus the findings reported here) was to assess whether front line LGBT BAME organisations and groups are getting support from generalist, pan equality or their respective infrastructure organisations.
Given that previous research had identified that LGBT third sector organisations did not generally access infrastructure support on an ongoing basis or in a meaningful way, this report tests those assumptions specifically against the profile of LGBT BAME composite organisations and groups (small, under-resourced, over used, volunteer led and run).
The barriers and required assistance are compared to the profile of BAME front line organisations, and the wider third sector – for the purpose of indentifying solutions to support challenges.
Some of the literature review and research data provide a picture of the importance and value of LGBT BAME groups and organisations, in the context of LGBT BAME individual composite identities or intersectional community issues.