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London’s gay charities lose 20% of their staff

London’s gay charities lose 20% of their staff

The number of staff working in London’s LGBT sector has dropped by 20% in just two years as Britain’s austerity era hits charities.

The new London LGBT Almanac, now in its second edition and published by Kairos in Soho (KiS), also reveals the LGBT sector has 0.038% of the income of London’s voluntary sector.

Although exact figures are not known, it is widely believed London has a greater proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex residents and visitors than the British average.

Despite this, the charitable and voluntary organizations that serve the UK capital’s gay population have been hit hard by the current economic climate.

Some of the 109 organizations KiS researched had to make big cutbacks to their staffing but many more faced cuts.

KiS told GSN private donations to the LGBT sector had always been low and remained so but the big drop in income was from public funds.

The almanac reports LGBT organizations in London currently get less than £1million ($1.6million €1.2million) in donations. KiS says that figure would be between three and 11 times higher if gay, bi and trans people focused all their charitable giving on LGBT good causes.

It also says ‘mainstream’ LGBT organizations earn significantly more than organizations that work on the combination of sexuality and gender identity and another equality issue, like race and disability.

KiS said: ‘At a time when the voluntary sector is under pressure to consolidate into fewer and larger organizations, and equality is under attack from the government, the almanac celebrates the huge diversity of London LGBT organizing and provides an evidence base on which to build a stronger independent sector.

‘It offers just a glimpse of the complexities amongst a particular size of organization largely misconstrued and omitted in mainstream voluntary and community sector publishing.’

The almanac also explores diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans identity, community action, heritage, and equality, sharing new research findings and original creative essays, visual art, photography and poetry from over 20 contributors including internationally acclaimed photographers.

The first edition of the almanac was published last year. Get pricing and order the second edition by emailing KiS here.