Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements

Lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) movements are doing essential work around the world, and this global moment reflects their leadership. As Black Lives Matter movements push to dismantle racism and white supremacy, the grassroots abolition-centered work of many Black LBQ organizers has been a galvanizing force. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, LBQ groups have provided critical mutual aid, collective care support, and creative movement-building strategies to meet the moment.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Mama Cash compiled data from 378 activists in 97 countries and 67 donors across philanthropy to create Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced, a report documenting LBQ activists’ priorities and the current lack of resourcing for their work, and makes a powerful case for why increased and more effective funding is crucially needed.

“[This report] is a celebration of the growing, vibrant LBQ movements that are pushing for transformative change—across and at the intersections of gender, racial, environmental, and economic justice,” Astraea says. “It is simultaneously an urgent call to philanthropy to commit to investing in the LBQ movements advancing this radical politics of liberation for us all.”