Lesbian Bisexual and Queer Grantmaker Resources


This page is intended to provide Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer Women resources for grantmakers. This funding focus area is understood to include all people who identify as women with marginalized sexualities, including women who are Intersex, Trans, and Cisgender. As our Global Resources Report demonstrates, LBQ activists are often forgotten and underfunded by LGBTQI donors.


Report Launch
Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The Global State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements
Thursday, June 25th 2020
10 am EDT, 4 pm CEST, 5 pm EAT

Across global regions, COVID-19 measures and responses have heightened the existing inequalities faced by Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer (LBQ) communities. LBQ-identified women and non-binary people’s lives continue to be threatened everyday, and the pandemic has resulted in surges in domestic violence, criminalization, and surveillance. Now more than ever we need to support LBQ-identified women and non-binary activists building a new political reality that is inclusive, respectful, and safe for all oppressed and marginalized communities.

LBQ movements are integral to creating a fabric of justice and equity, yet the budget sizes of these organizations remain abysmally small with nearly 40 percent working with budgets of under $5,000 per year. One-quarter of those groups operate without any budget at all. LBQ movements’ resourcing has not kept pace with the innovative ways in which they are working. While their approaches are dynamic and care-based, their funding and resources are inadequate.

Join Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Mama Cash in a discussion of the findings of their new report “Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements.” As the world grapples with this unprecedented pandemic, join this call hosted by Global Philanthropy Project to learn how funders can respond as LBQ organizers often do, with intersectional organizing mechanisms and collective care approaches.


Mama Cash and Astraea share some of the brilliant visions of freedom that LBQ activists are creating around the world. LBQ Movement Highlights introduces some of LBQ women’s priorities, strategies, and needs to create the future they envision.

Learn more: Lesbian Visibility Day Is a Time to Defend, Uplift, and Strategize (Advocate Magazine, April 26, 2020) 

Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, May 2020