LGB black and ethnic minorities ‘isolated’ by public services, says new report
A new report from the LGB equality charity Stonewall reveals how public services are seriously failing Britain’s 400,000 black and minority ethnic LGB people
The One Minority at a Time report, by Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust, discovered through detailed interviews with black and gay people that there is a widespread assumption that Black people are heterosexual.
Many people in the study believed this perception leads to inappropriate or poor-quality responses from public services to LGB ethnic minorities.
Stonewall has built on its groundbreaking research into LGB health by publishing a detailed briefing about the concerns of mental health, low uptake of services and attempted suicide among black gay people.
The interviews revealed how people who are part of more than one minority struggle to gain understanding. One participant said: “I think that I can either be gay or I can be South Asian, or I can be a Hindu. The fact that I can be all three becomes very difficult for people to comprehend.”
August 17, 2012