LBQ Connect is a global feminist program aimed at boosting the work and visibility of lesbian, bisexual and queer activism worldwide.
The program strengthens LBQ movements and makes 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.
LBQ Connect refers to LBQ women as a term inclusive of lesbian, bisexual and queer women, including cisgender, trans and intersex women, and all non-binary or genderqueer people on the gender spectrum who relate to an LBQ identity.
About LBQ Connect
In the first year, the program connected 100 LBQ activists from all over the world. They joined mentorship and peer-learning activities and participated in around 30 learning sessions and networking events. Some joined international events, and 31 received funding to implement LBQ-focused projects with their organizations.
In the medium term, through LBQ Connect, activists make LBQ issues and leaders stronger and more visible at international, regional and national levels. Participants 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 every day. They 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 worldwide LGBTIQ and feminist movement with diverse LBQ women in leadership and decision-making roles, and LBQ issues and needs will be more central in these movements’ advocacy work. 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.
LBQ Connect has been supported by contributors and partners, including the Global Equality Fund, S&P Global Foundation, World of Women, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lesbian Equity Fund, LesbianGlobal, Channel Foundation, Lesbians for Good, Linksbridge Foundation, Horizons Foundation, Women Tribe, Honey Badges, and other donors.