“Our communities are rarely meaningfully reached or accounted for in surveys about the LGBTQI+ experience”

BY DIVA STAFF

A new survey designed to highlight the needs and wants of LGBTQI Black people and people of colour and to “fill the gaps of understanding” has been launched today (Friday 7 May) by UK Black Pride

Europe’s largest Pride celebration for LGBQTI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent, UK Black Pride launched in 2005, attracting thousands of people to its annual event in London and supporting the community all year round through networking, outreach, advocacy and more. 

Titled We Will Be Heard, this new community survey – the first of its kind – seeks to redress the lack of “meaningful” engagement with LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour and will inform a Community Action Plan, through which UK Black Pride will distribute funding to organisations whose work supports LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour. Questions include “What is bringing you joy”. 

Almost 110,00 people responded to the government’s National LGBT+ Survey in 2018, one of the biggest pieces of research into the lives of LGBTQI+ people, yet 92.4% of respondents were white, demonstrating the need for a piece of work like this, which will help to shape policies, provisions and services that reflect and respond to the needs of the LGBTQI+ community in all its diversity. 

Launching the survey, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride, said: “Building this survey has been a labour of love. As we looked for a survey company to help us develop and deliver our inaugural survey, we were told countless times that we’d be ‘lucky’ to get 1,500 respondents. 

“Our communities remain overlooked and underestimated, but it may be that the right people aren’t doing the asking. So we’re stepping up to ask what the communities we represent feel, need and find joy in. 

“We’re particularly excited about the Community Action Plan, which will be shaped and informed by what our communities tell us in the survey. Through the Community Action Plan, we’ll commit to delivering funding to organisations that are doing great work in the community to help LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour live full, joyful and healthy lives.”

To find out more and to take part in the survey, visit ukblackpride.org.

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