Published on Feb 20, 2018
As oppressive forces become ever-emboldened around the world, it is critical now more than ever that we support the organizing of LBQ women and GNC people. New new infographic report from Astraea and Mama Cash highlights Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people’s brilliant visions of liberation and their persistent need for resourcing.
Today, in partnership with Mama Cash, we’re excited to share an infographic report highlighting Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people’s brilliant visions of liberation and their persistent need for resourcing. As oppressive forces become ever-emboldened around the world, it is critical now more than ever that we support the organizing of LBQ women and GNC people. These communities are among the first to feel the effects of repression, and also have the vision and strategies we need to fight back.
Astraea has always been committed to bolstering the sustainability, resilience and resistance of LBQ communities. This graphic report lifts up the principles of feminist LBQ organizing, which we believe must be prioritized in order to produce long-term structural change.
“LBQ women and GNC folks have long been at the frontlines of movements such as women’s rights, LGBTQI rights, environmental justice and racial justice, among others,” said Mariam Gagoshashvili, Senior Program Officer at Astraea. “Their work is deeply intersectional, and often brings to the table overlooked but transformational strategies like alliance-building and cultural change. The time has come for this community to allocate attention and resources to addressing its own needs and lived experiences, while continuing to fight for all these causes.”
Read more about LBQ and GNC activists’ radically inclusive visions and key priorities for their movements.
“Why this focus now? We are witnessing a global pull-back on protection and liberation for all people, and an increase in violence, exploitation and oppression,” said Happy Mwende Kinyili, Director of Programmes at Mama Cash. “Women and those people who reject or transgress accepted gender and sexuality roles are the most vulnerable. From our experience, we know that LBQ women and GNC people are also one of the most under resourced communities. We must increase support in this moment when they are most at risk.”
“There are so many possibilities if you have LGBT projects, if you have women’s rights projects that have a wider scope,” said Maya Tabidze, a Georgian activist with Astraea grantee partner Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG). “But when it comes to LBQ women, it’s always limited.”
Over the next year, Astraea and Mama Cash will be producing critical research on the state of philanthropic support for LBQ women and GNC people’s organizing, so we can advocate for more and better resources for their liberatory work. Stay tuned and join us!
*As part of this project, Mama Cash and Astraea welcomed the participation of 100 activists who see themselves as working within a LBQ frame or as part of LBQ communities, encompassing all gender identities and expressions. For clarity, we have chosen to use the term “LBQ” to encompass folks who identify as women (cis or trans) and/or as non-binary, gender-queer or any other gender identity or expression. We use the “LBQ” portion of the acronym to emphasize that the report centers on sexual/romantic orientation issues, identities, and experiences. Values of self-determination, feminism and gender justice guide the conception, framing and implementation of the project.
For more of our work assessing the funding and organizing landscape of activists around the world, check out our recent reports on The State of Trans Organizing and The State of Intersex Organizing made in collaboration with AJWS and GATE.