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Better Together: Research Findings on the Relationship between Racial Justice Organizations and LGBT Communities

Sep 1, 2010
"Better Together" is a landmark report on the relationship between racial justice organizations and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The report finds that the lack of resources, funding, and community support are obstacles to engagement. In addition, there are damaging perceptions about LGBT communities and racial justice groups, specifically that LGBT identity and politics are for white people and that communities of color are disproportionately homophobic. "Better Together" is a result of surveys and interviews with more than 80 organizations and 30 key leaders, based on the premise that significant numbers of LGBT people are of color and comprising an important part of the racial justice constituency. The report focuses on current engagement efforts, perceived barriers, potential opportunities, and key recommendations for advancing work in this intersectional area. This is a critical report that addresses the intersection of issues between racial justice and LGBT communities and provides actionable recommendations to those working in organizations serving these communities as well as to funders.