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The Changing Face of the LGBTQIA Movement

In a staff briefing, FSG shares how LGBTQIA-informed philanthropy can increase impact


October 11, 2017

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, an opportunity to recognize how LGBTQ issues can inform truly effective philanthropy. From healthcare to housing to jobs, almost any effort to increase equity and opportunity will intersect with the lives of people in this community. We were lucky to welcome mission-driven consulting firm FSG to share with our staff how the face of the LGBTQ movement is changing, and how this new knowledge can help philanthropists and funders increase community impact.

One component the briefing covered was the growing recognition of variations in gender identity, sexual orientation and gender expression. The LGBTQ tent has grown to LGBTQIA, which includes queer, intersex, asexual people and Allies. This increased understanding can help make efforts to address inequality more empowering and inclusive to people who identify as LGBTQIA.

Facilitators shared the increasing vocabulary around sexual orientation and gender identity and acknowledged that the terms can sometimes feel overwhelming. But they encouraged people not to get stressed, as people will let you know how they identify, the appropriate pronouns to use and anything else that is specific to their identity. When someone shares this with others, an appropriate response is to say “thank you, I didn’t know” and move on, rather than apologizing or making the interaction about you. FSG also emphasized how LGBTQIA people reflect the broader community so that many not only experience discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but also inequities in race, gender and wealth. While the public face of the movement has often been white, middle class and male, there is growing awareness that the community must create space for and raise the voice of members of color, of low incomes and of different genders to truly move rights forward.

As members of almost every group in our community, LGBTQIA people can inform and strengthen any philanthropic strategy to create even greater impact. For those interested in learning more, FSG’s blog has a range of educational resources and updates, and shared resources from around the web.

Data and informational resources

LGBTQIA Terms and Definitions

LGBTQ stats from the Williams Institute

Reports on LGBTQ communities

Issue Brief on LGBT Aging

Issue Brief on the intersection of the LGBT community and Economic Opportunity

Issue Brief on the intersection of the LGBT community and Education

Issue Brief on the intersection of the LGBT community and Health

Issue Brief on the intersection of the LGBT community and Immigration

Issue Brief on the intersection of the LGBT community and POC Identity

Issue Brief on Trans specific issues

If you’re interested in exploring these issues, our expert philanthropic advisors can help. Email our team or explore opening a fund.

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