Leeds LGBT+ Mapping Project Launches Report – ‘Spotlight on Racism’

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Leeds LGBT+ Mapping Project launches new report for LGBT+ History Month – ‘Spotlight on Racism’

The report responds to the findings of Leeds LGBT+ Mapping Projects’ research which found that racism was a priority concern for many in Leeds.

Leeds LGBT+ Mapping Project has conducted a short piece of research to scratch at the surface of BME LGBT+ experience in Leeds. This brief report is a summary of stories and experiences some LGBT+ BME people in Leeds shared.

What is captured here does not representative of the views of all BME LGBT+ people in the city, but highlights some strong and common themes that have surfaced through this community research.

The key messages from the report are:
  • Many felt that LGBT+ communities in Leeds lacked ethnic diversity. Some BME LGBT+ people did not feel welcome or included in LGBT+ spaces and communities in the city. This related to both commercial LGBT+ spaces and more alternative LGBT+ communities.
  • Experiences of racism on the commercial gay scene were common – much of this was sexualised racism.
  • There was an expectation among some BME LGBT+ people that they would encounter racism in LGBT+ communities.
  • It was important for BME LGBT+ people to be in community with other BME LGBT+ people.
  • There are health and well being impacts of racism for BME LGBT+ people, that include loneliness, isolation and poor mental health.
  • BME LGBT+ people are travelling to Manchester, Bradford and London to find more accessible and diverse LGBT+ communities. This suggests that despite the ethnic diversity of Leeds there is a lack of spaces and resources for BME LGBT+ people.
  • We hope this document be a springboard for discussion on experiences of BME LGBT+ people in Leeds, and in particular experiences of exclusion, racism and Islamophobia.

Download report here…

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2018-02-21T09:15:11+00:00 6th February 2018|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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