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LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap

LGBTQ people face similar barriers to advancement in the nonprofit sector as in the rest of the workforce. But LGBTQ people of color face added challenges because of the combination of racial bias and the nation’s patchwork of laws against discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity.

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Featured Data

Half of LGBTQ respondents of color

reported working for an identity-based organization, whereas one-third of white respondents reported working for an identity-based organization.

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LGBTQ Nonprofit Workers Report More Negative Career Impact, Says Study
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nearly one in five nonprofit employees who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or “queer” said their sexual orientation had at least a “slightly negative” impact on their careers, with...

LGBT People of Color Cannot Escape Workplace Discrimination—No Matter Where They Work
Mother Jones

A report released last week reveals bias against LGBT employees of color who are working in the nonprofit sector, even in organizations that specifically serve the LGBT...

4 Charts That Illustrate The Bias Against LGBTQ Workers In The Nonprofit World
Fast Company

More than 20% of nonprofit employees identify as LGBTQ. Perhaps that’s not surprising: Those who have traditionally been discriminated against or oppressed may have a strong impulse to ensure fair...

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Kunreuther, Frances and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (2017). Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap.