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ERIC Number: ED516510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Better Together: Research Findings on the Relationship between Racial Justice Organizations and LGBT Communities. Report
Sen, Rinku; Wessler, Seth; Apollon, Dominique
Applied Research Center
In partnership with the Arcus Foundation, the Applied Research Center (ARC) has undertaken a study of the relationship between racial justice organizations and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) constituencies and issues, with the understanding that communities of color themselves, including their LGBT members, have a good deal at stake in strengthening that relationship. The inquiry included a survey of 81 organizations of color and interviews with 32 leaders of racial justice and LGBT organizations. Findings reveal that in national, state and local racial justice organizations, important work is already underway that engages LGBT people and issues. The best work emerges from strategic political analysis. Most projects start with internal discussion and political education, and develop through issue campaigns to change policies and institutional practices. Some of this engagement is quite mature. Furthermore, there is significant interest among racial justice organizations in integrating LGBT issues, but they cannot learn from others' experiences because these stories receive relatively little attention from the media and other institutions. The following key recommendations emerged from this study: (1) Increase support for groups of color; (2) Invest in tools for strategic clarity; (3) Lift up LGBT leaders of color; and (4) Build the media and communications infrastructure.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Arcus Foundation
Authoring Institution: Applied Research Center