Second edition of the London LGBT Almanac now available

Besi Besemar December 18, 2012

The second edition of the London LGBT Almanac, a publication measuring changes to London’s LGBT voluntary and community sector, has shown a 20% decline in LGBT sector staff in the capital.

The Almanac, which is published by Kairos, is a uniquely designed print publication exploring diverse LGBT identity, community action, heritage, equality with an in-depth look at LGBT volunteering and activism through research, creative essays, visual art, photography and poetry from over 20 contributors.

The publication found that:
• The number of staff in the sector has declined by 20% since 2010
• There is a significant inequality in resources between ‘mainstream’ LGBT organisations and organisations that work on the combination of sexuality/gender identity and another equality issue (e.g. race, disability)
• If the LGBT population in London was making its charitable give solely to LGBT organisations, the sector ought to be earning between £3-11m in donations alone, compared with the less than £1m it receives in donations currently
• The LGBT sector has 0.038% of the income of London ’s voluntary sector

Jane Standing, CEO of Kairos, said:

“The LGBT sector has over the past few years become disproportionately financed by public sector funds. This is in part because a changing legal context was and still is needed to enforce the provision of funding for LGBT work and in part because much of the funded LGBT sector provides what might be considered ‘public services’, such as housing, health, and support around domestic violence. This leaves the larger funded organisations exposed to greater risk when public funding is dramatically cut. Nevertheless, the sector’s economy is relatively small but highly evolved and robust, with much of the sector’s work around equality and diversity carried out by unfunded organisations. Practitioners have become incredibly creative in constructing their income profiles and engaging LGBT communities.”

The Almanac is available at a cost of £34.99 (£24.99 concession), and includes free detailed profiles of over 100 LGBT groups.

Telephone: 020 7437 6063 to order your copy.

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