State of the City for Manchester's BME LGB Communities

 

The State of the City for Manchester’s Black and Ethnic Minority Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People report was produced by LGBT Foundation with the support of Manchester City Council’s Equalities Team funded by the Equalities Funding Programme to support the Council to achieve its equality objectives in relation to sexual orientation.

This is the final of three annual reports exploring the state of the city for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Manchester. This report focuses on Manchester’s black and ethnic minority (BME) LGB population.

The research explored a range of issues faced by BME LGB people in Greater Manchester, including feelings of isolation and alienation from the LGBT and ethnic communities resulting in low esteem and confusion over identity, and health inequalities faced by ethnic minority LGB people.

The report also identified that LGB ethnic minority people are subject to discrimination from both BME and LGBT communities forcing some to express one identity at the expense of the other. A key recommendation includes a call for the need for more comprehensive Equality and Diversity training for public and charitable service providers that acknowledges the intersectionality of characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Other recommendations include exploring opportunities to challenge racism in the LGBT community, improvements to demographic monitoring, and further research to identify the needs and experiences of BME LGB people including the trans community and asylum seekers.