The report builds on data from BMP’s Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey, conducted with more than 4,000 respondents across the nonprofit sector. This new report, the second in the Race to Lead series, analyzes the experiences of the 20% of survey respondents who identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ).
Our research shows that LGBTQ people of color in the nonprofit sector face increased challenges to career advancement compared to their straight and white LGBTQ counterparts. It also provides insights into how institutionalized racial bias within nonprofits and the nation’s patchwork of anti-discrimination laws uniquely affect their professional trajectories. The findings indicate that the nonprofit sector needs to address the structural barriers to leadership based on race, and must simultaneously consider
the additional impact of sexuality.
A solutions-driven endeavor, Working at the Intersections offers concrete recommendations for the nonprofit sector to address these barriers. Nonprofit organizations can shift toward greater acceptance and affirmation of the full diversity of nonprofit staff.