Equalities and Research Resources

Here we have collected some resources that we have found useful and that we hope will help you in your work, your volunteering, and your research.

Please let us know of any other resources that you have used, and that you think we should share with others.

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Key Terms

We have found there is often a lot of jargon in equalities research and there are many specialist terms (words) used, which can seem confusing. It is helpful to be able to understand and use these words so that we can be precise in our meaning – but it is also important to be able to explain them in simpler language.

To download our glossary of terms, click here.

To read a glossary by the Equality and Diversity Forum, which helps the voluntary sector with diversity issues, click here.

To read an alphabetical glossary online by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, click here.

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Key Issues

The Equality Act 2010
  • To read the government's guide to the Equality Act 2010, click here.
  • To download the government's Easy Read guide to the Equality Act 2010, click here.

The difference between equality and fairness
  • Sometimes making sure that everyone has the same can result in an some people having an unfair advantage, because they started out with more - or some people having an unfair disadvantage because they started out with less.
  • To read a short explanation of how equality and fairness are different, click here.
  • To watch a short video explaining the difference between equity (fairness) and equality with a fun rhyming poem, Click here.

  • To read and download a guide to accessible information produced for the Equalities Board by Manchester People First, click here.
  • To read and download a guide to accessible meetings produced for the Equalities Board by Manchester People First, click here.

  • In the 1970s a group of disabled people developed the 'Social Model of Disability' to describe how people with impairments (disabilities) are made disabled by the barriers in society.
  • To read the excellent explanation of the Social Model of Disability on the website of the GMCDP (Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People), click here.
  • To read and download a myth-buster about the social model by a Manchester-based disabled rights activist, click here.

Gender and Sexuality
  • To read a short guide to feminsm and some of the words that are used to talk about gender inequality: click here.
  • Sometimes sexuality and gender identity get confused, but they aren't the same.
  • To read a guide to understanding sexual orientation and gender, from Planned Parenthood in the USA: click here.
  • For a glossary of terms (words) used to talk about sexual orientation and gender, by Stonewall, click here.

  • Intersectionality refers to the way that marginalised identities connect and overlap, resulting in specific forms of discrimination.
  • Watch a video of Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw, who developed the term 'intersectionality', explaining it to students - click here.
  • Watch a short section of video in which writer and women's rights campaigner Janet Mock explains intersectionality - click here. (To see the whole video,
  • In this longer video, Dr. Crenshaw talks about intersectionality in more depth, and explains how it relates to women's rights and feminist campaigning - click here. In this section between 6m 57s and 7m 27s she explains how the intersection of social barriers, which people experience because of their identities, creates extra vulnerability - click here.

  • To read a comprehensive guide to terminology (words) used in equalities research, from Universities Scotland, click here.
  • To see the latest UK Government data (information) on race and ethnicity, click here.
  • To watch a short film from the USA called Racism is Real, with statistics (numbers) from research, click here.
  • A few years ago Runnymede Trust ran events in Manchester and Birmingham and interviewed people about race. To see videos from this project click here.
  • You can read a short article on how racism contributes to poverty, by JRF (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) by clicking here.

Understanding Power
  • The Quakers in the UK have produced a guide for campaigners and social activists on understanding power inequalities, and how to deal with them. To download it, click here.

Share your knowledge: Please let us know of any resources you have found helpful, by email at: afa@lgbt.foundation