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An Update on our BAME / QTIPOC Inclusion Work

Published: 03 August 2020 Tags: By Joe Nellist

LGBT communities are not identical and include people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and various walks of life. LGBT people of colour face specific challenges and barriers in everyday life, and as an organisation we need to do more to break down systemic racism and combat racial prejudice. Transparency is key to building trust, and so we want to update you on what we’ve done so far, and what we are going to do this year.

Our Work So Far
  • We have worked dilligently to increase Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation on the Board of Trustees to 44%. Our board is now the most diverse it has ever been, and one of the most diverse in our sector.
  • We conducted a community consultation last year to hear from LGBT people of colour what their experiences of our organisation have been and what we can do better. From this process, we identified three main areas of work: creating a fully diverse workforce; increasing engagement with our organisation; and tackling racism in LGBT communities.
  • We established an internal BAME LGBT working group to build on our learning from the consultation, and to strategically lead this work going forward.
  • We carried out an internal equalities audit to identify levels of engagement from marginalised groups within our services and programmes of work. This audit also analysed levels of outcome and impact, and will inform future work as we develop our services.

This work has given us a foundation upon which to build on, and has highlighted key areas for development.

Our Work This Year

By the end of March 2021, we are working to:

Establish a QTIPOC (queer, trans, intersex, people of colour) programme including a dedicated staff lead

Dismantling systemic racism and racial discrimination requires commitment, perseverance and resources. To this end, we are developing a QTIPOC Programme with a dedicated paid staff lead to ensure that supporting LGBT people of colour remains a continued and active priority. We are in the process of trying to secure funding to make this work possible.

Improve POC representation across our workforce

7% of our current staff team and 9.59% of our volunteers are people of colour. We want to substantially increase POC representation across both our staff and volunteer teams to ensure that our workforce reflects the communities we serve. This includes increasing POC representation across all levels of the organisation. We are re-evaluating all of our recruitment processes including accessibility of opportunities. We will also be carrying out anti-racism training for all colleagues.

Increase engagement with trans and non-binary POC

Our internal equalities audit highlighted that although almost all of our programmes have good levels of engagement with communities of colour compared to the general population within Greater Manchester, there is further work to do to increase engagement with trans and non-binary POC who are currently underrepresented in our services. This group faces unique challenges when accessing or trying to access services, and our Trans Programme is working with our QTIPOC working group on a plan to reduce these barriers and increase trans and non-binary POC engagement with our services.

Active in challenging racism by speaking out publicly, and using our platform and resources to tackle racism in LGBT communities

The only way we will ever eradicate racism is if we, as one community, collectively take a zero-tolerance policy and call out racism in all its forms, including Antisemitism and Islamophobia . We are committed to standing with and alongside our QTIPOC colleagues, supporters and service users in the fight against racism. We will tackle racism through targeted campaigns and anti-racist initiatives. We are forming active partnerships with BAME organisations and activists of colour; working together to reduce discrimination. We will elevate the voices of LGBT people of colour and challenge racism within the charity sector, legislation and wider society.

Our vision is to create a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential and we know this is only possible when it includes everyone regardless of race, colour or ethnicity.