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Global Program

LBQ Connect

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.

*  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.

That’s why LBQ Connect is composed of 4 main components which are strongly interconnected

    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. 

     

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    Impact

    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.

    About LBQ Connect

      Within global LGBTIQ movements as well as in feminist movements, democracy and human rights movements and in society overall, LBQ women are routinely marginalized.

      LBQ women, both cis and trans, and non-binary people confront misogyny, homophobia, and cisheteronormativity and often live in hostile contexts at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability. These power dynamics and social norms expose them to a unique set of human rights violations, including particular risks of violence and discrimination in accessing education, health care, housing, and employment. Data on the experience of LBQ women is scarce, which has a negative impact on the visibility of LBQ issues and their relevance in advocacy agendas. As a consequence, the rights and issues of LBQ women are radically underserved - and under-resourced. Only 5% of global LGBTIQ funding (which itself represents less than 1% of all foundation and government funding) is specifically directed to LBQ issues, according to various sources like Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Mama Cash and the Global Philanthropy Project. 

      In the last decade, LGBTIQ movements have greatly accelerated legal and social progress around the world, often led by extraordinary LBQ women activists doing groundbreaking work. Still, LBQ activists are made invisible and are disproportionately affected by restrictions on assembly and expression, and often cannot access policymakers or influential stakeholders. LBQ women also remain underrepresented in leadership roles, even among LGBTIQ civil society organizations. In some places, emerging organizations for LBQ women have vanished due to external opposition, and in other cases, LBQ women are never given the opportunity to have organizations of their own. 

      Outright believes that a strong LBQ movement is essential to advance human rights for all LGBTIQ people and to improve the lives of all women.

      LBQ Connect is designed to strengthen LBQ activism and boost the visibility of LBQ issues and leaders around the world. 

      As such, the program's primary target is LBQ women. In the framework of the program, LBQ focuses on sexual identity and is 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. 

      For many people, labels are often inadequate or unwanted, language is limited, and gender exists on a continuum. LBQ in this context serves as the operational definition and as key inclusion criteria for participation in this program.

      (This terminology is inspired by the recent Astraea report “Vibrant yet under-resourced: the state of lesbian, bisexual, and queer movements”,  which in turn was based on a broad consultation with activists.)

      Outright recognizes that LBQ identities and experiences intersect with other markers of identity and experience such as race, nationality, age, religion, and economic background, and we prioritize marginalized LBQ women throughout our work. 

      In the LBQ Connect program, we will welcome all participants who self-identify as LBQ women and who have some identification, affinity or attachment to LBQ issues, work and movement building. We discourage participants who exclude transgender, intersex or non-binary people in their work, as they are not a good fit for our program.

      The LBQ Connect learning program is for all LBQ activists and aspiring activists who feel the need to strengthen their skills. It is also for LBQ women from other movements (climate, sexual and reproductive rights, anti-corruption, indigenous, etc.) who want to connect to LBQ activism. 

      The program is implemented by Outright with the support of a Sounding Board of LBQ activists, including: 

      • Andre Rivas - AFDA - Argentina
      • Esther Adhiambo - INEND - Kenya
      • Kenita Placite - CariFLAGS - St.Lucia
      • Lini Zurlia - ASEAN SOGIE Caucus - Indonesia
      • Nataka Gmakagni - QAYN - Burkina Faso
      • Noor Sultan - Bedayaa - Sudan 
      • Sarita K.C. - Mitini - Nepal
      • Viviane Simakawa - International Trans Fund - Brazil

      Outright launched LBQ Connect in March of 2022 in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. 

      1ST CYCLE: MARCH 2022 TO SEPTEMBER 2023
      • March 8, 2022: Call for applications for 50 participants to the Learning and Mentorship program; call for mentors.
      • April 8, 2022: Deadline for the submission of applications for participants and mentors.
      • April 30, 2022: Selection of participants and mentors is completed.
      • May 2022 - February 2023: Learning and mentorship program.
      • Summer 2022: Call for project proposals for the first grant program (only for participants in the learning and mentorship program). 
      • September 2022 - September 2023: Projects funded and implemented.

      Research and advocacy activities will be conducted throughout the program period. 

       
      Do you want to be part of LBQ Connect? 
      • A second cycle of the mentorship and learning program and of the grant program will start in March 2023. 
      • Do you have questions regarding any aspects of the program, including accessibility? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email
      • You can support LBQ Connect by donating or contact Katie Hultquist

      LBQ Connect is supported by contributors and partners including the Global Equality Fund, the Lesbian Equity Fund, Linksbridge FoundationWomen Tribe, Lesbians for Good, Horizons FoundationChannel FoundationS&P Global Foundation, and other donors. 

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