In September 2010, the Women’s Resource Centre published In All Our Colours: Lesbian, bisexual and trans women’s services in the UK.
The report highlights the key issues affecting different groups of lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) women as well as providing a picture of the sector that supports these women, what services are available and what threats these services face.
The report brings together existing research on lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) women in the UK and the LGB&T sector to provide a comprehensive literature review and reveals the reality of the situation for these marginalised groups:
Amongst the key findings are that:
- There are very few services for LBT women across the UK and LBT women’s organisations are consistently underfunded
- Organisations led by and for LBT women are particularly marginalised in terms of political influence
- There is a lack of awareness of the issues facing LBT women, their support needs and the LBT population as a whole
- There is little infrastructure and second tier support for LBT organisations and all too often they become ‘add-ons’ to existing mainstream support
- Most LBT organisations rely on volunteers to deliver their core services and many only operate as informal, local and volunteer-run support and social groups