LBQ Connect is a global feminist program aiming at boosting the work and visibility of lesbian, bisexual, and queer activism around the world.
The program will strengthen LBQ movements and make a concrete difference in the lives of lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) women* by enhancing the capacity of LBQ activists, supporting the work of existing and new groups, collecting data and raising the visibility of LBQ issues and leaders.
As the forms of marginalization experienced by LBQ women are multifaceted, the program will use different strategies to strengthen the work of the LBQ movement.
That’s why LBQ Connect is composed of 4 main components which are strongly interconnected:
Learning and mentorship: The first step of the program focuses on strengthening skills and capacities of LBQ activists. LBQ Connect is intended for new and aspiring LBQ activists and also for more experienced activists who feel they need to boost specific skills. We will offer a range of training opportunities, workshops, and peer learning sessions using different formats and facilitation techniques to best meet the needs and learning styles of all participants. We will select 50 LBQ activists to enroll in the program for approximately 9 months. All participants will be accompanied by a mentor, another LBQ activist with strong experience, who will support and advise them during the program. The mentorship will build solidarity and connection among different generations, forms of activism and regions and a stronger ecosystem within the global LBQ movements.
Grant program: This second component shifts from the individual to the movement level. The grants will support LBQ-focused projects of different kinds, e.g. establishment of new LBQ groups or strengthening existing organizations; mainstreaming of LBQ agendas in non-LBQ focused organizations (LGBTIQ, feminist, GBV, etc); building alliances with other movements and organizations around key issues; planning and implementation of advocacy and campaigning strategies. In the first cycle of the program we will invite grant applications only from participants in the learning and mentorship program. Projects will last up to 12 months and will be carried out with an organization.
Research and documentation: During the program, the OutRight research and program teams, in cooperation with civil society partners, will develop up to 15 LBQ-focused research initiatives. The topics covered as well as the type of research will be identified based on a thorough assessment of needs and gaps and with input from program participants.
Advocacy: Data provided by the research component, as well as needs and priorities expressed across the learning and grant program, will inform OutRight’s LBQ advocacy agenda. Besides international advocacy within human rights mechanisms, the program will contribute to the circulation and sharing of LBQ movements’ wealth of knowledge on national and regional advocacy. Throughout the program OutRight and partners will raise awareness about LBQ communities and issues, especially those most marginalized and structurally underfunded, with governmental funders as well as private donors.
* LBQ Connect refers to LBQ women as a term inclusive of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, both cisgender and trans, and all non-binary people on the gender spectrum who relate to a lesbian, bisexual, and/or queer identity.
Through LBQ Connect, activists will make LBQ issues and leaders stronger and more visible at international, regional and national levels. Participants will have the confidence, skills and experience to organize, build alliances, raise awareness, and advocate for laws, policies and resources to eliminate the inequalities and discrimination that affect LBQ women everyday. They will also have strong global and regional peer networks for sharing ideas and collaborating across borders.
In the long term, LBQ Connect will contribute to a stronger global LGBTIQ movement with diverse LBQ women in leadership and decision-making roles and LBQ issues and needs will be more central in the movement’s advocacy. LBQ women leaders will become more effective role models for future generations. Decision-makers in governments and international human rights mechanisms will be more aware of LBQ issues and needs and will become allies for the full equality of LBQ women.
Make a contribution to support LBQ Connect