Over the past 40 years, significant headway has been made in relation to LGBT+ rights and equality, from the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in 1967, to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 which legally recognised the right of same sex couples to marry.
There is a prevailing perception that LGBT+ people ‘have never had it so good’ with increased opportunities, rights and visibility in the media. However, this masks the reality. Many LGBT+ people still face discrimination in the workplace, at schools and other educational establishments, prejudice and hostility is still ever present, and recorded violence against LGBT+ people in London and across England and Wales has more than doubled in the past five years.
Our own independent research, Still Out There: An exploration of LGBT Londoners’ unmet needs, also provided a snapshot of the unmet needs of LGBT+ Londoners in terms of financial hardship, safety, prejudice and access to appropriate services, particularly those related to health and mental health.
Despite the need for investment in services and rights of LGBT+ people, the Trust still receives relatively few applications for funding in this area, particularly from groups in London’s outer boroughs where LGBT+ people are often more isolated.
We welcome applications that fit with our current funding programme areas in seeking to improve the rights of LGBT+ people and strengthening their voice on the social issues that affect them, as well as work which makes services more inclusive and responsive to their, often complex, needs.
Take a look at some examples of the LGBT+-led work we have funded under our current funding programme, running from 2018-2022, below.
Additional information on LGBT+ issues can be found at:
From our Twitter
We’ve pledged £500,000 to an emergency support fund to help community & voluntary organisations in #London facing immediate financial pressures & uncertainty because of #COVID19 The scheme is co-ordinated by the fantastic @LondonFunders Read more https://bit.ly/39ozAzS pic.twitter.com/wp2WbRs1yx25 Mar 2020
For #London charities & community groups in need of additional digital support or advice, @LDN_gov has created a Digital Support Access Form to help match you with organisations or volunteers who can help You can find the form below https://bit.ly/2JDXdtr2 Apr 2020
'It is time to make amends to the low-paid essential worker’ @sarahoconnor_ writes in the @FT on how #COVID19 is shining a light on low paid jobs. We want better work for everyone, where those in work are treated with decency, respect & paid at least a #LivingWage https://twitter.com/FinancialTimes/status/1245667339011608577 …2 Apr 2020
*IMPORTANT – HELP NEEDED* Is your charity facing financial difficulties because of the #coronavirus crisis? Let us know the details by emailing email@example.com now so we can explain to the government the problems you're facing. Please share with your networks.20 Mar 2020
An important read from @CarnegieUKTrust & @LearnWorkUK on the future of the #MinimumWage , demonstrating the impact of low pay on worker wellbeing, family life,health & insecurity We're proud to be on the advisory group & later in 2020, plan to share a #London specific report https://twitter.com/CarnegieUKTrust/status/1245007695096221697 …2 Apr 2020