Gay groups 'still under-financed'

Graham Willgoss

Voluntary groups in London for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities are disproportionately under-resourced and are being hindered by the continued impact of homophobia and exclusion, according to new research.

The study, carried out by charity Kairos in Soho and funded by ChangeUp, found that 65 per cent of LGBT voluntary groups in London have been unable to secure funds for the current financial year.

Kairos surveyed 119 organisations through a poll on its website and conducted 25 in-depth interviews with individual organisations. Of these, only 25 had full-time staff and 40 per cent had annual incomes of less than £10,000.

"Our results have shown that the sector is minuscule in relation to the population and that its access to infrastructure is patchy," said Jane Standing, chief executive of Kairos. "There are important reasons why the sector struggles to fund its work and create change, and we want to know more about the collective experience."

The research is the first stage of the Pip project, which is being organised by the equalities sub-group of the London Regional Consortium to develop support for the London LGBT voluntary sector.

Results of the survey will form the basis of a report to be published in July 2006.

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