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Black Lesbians Matter

Black Lesbians Matter

“Black Lesbian Matters,” report is a quantitative study on the Black lesbian community. The creation of this report was a year long process of developing the survey, conducting focus groups, and finally writing the report. This  report, “Black Lesbians Matter,”  is an examination of the unique experiences, perspectives, and priorities for the Black Lesbian Community, and has been our most rewarding accomplishment as of yet. The report focuses on five key priorities: Aging, Health, Identity, Family, and Invisibility. We thank all the contributors and funders that made this study come to life.

Francine Ramsey, Executive Director of Zuna Institute says, “This report is the result of year long process, and will lay the foundation for constructive dialog and the creation of an effective collection of strategies that will address the needs of the Black Lesbian community.”

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4 responses to “Black Lesbians Matter

  1. swandiver November 9, 2010 at 2:59 am

    For years I keep hearing about comprehensive studies of groups I’m supposed to be a part of yet I or none of my friends have ever been asked any of these questions or taken part in any of these polls. Who exactly is their group?

    • androsatg November 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

      The following is quoted from the “Black Lesbian’s Matter” document. It can be found at http://zunainstitute.org/2010/research/blm/blacklesbiansmatter.pdf

      “This is a representative sample of Black lesbians with participants from every region in the United States. The largest percentage of the population surveyed is between 40 and 49 years of age with 84% of the participants holding undergraduate degrees and maintaining an annual salary of at least $51,000. In this survey, over 36% of the women are from the southern region of the United States, in localities where homophobia is a daily occurrence. The survey respondents challenge the view of who is traditionally viewed as Black lesbians.”

      Now do I feel that this would be an adequate group of people to dictate the entire population of Black lesbians, no. of course not. However, it is in everyone’s best interest to take note of the findings and possibly create a new study on a grander scale that is more inclusive of age, gender, salary, and region. I am sure that the people surveyed were either in attendance of Zuna Institute, which is a conference that is held every couple of years or so. Their mission is to focus on the social and political injustices that impact Black Lesbians.

      As I am typing this, I am learning that this survey was conducted nationwide with the assistance of LGBT organizations. The following is an excerpt from the Zuna Institute home page:

      The “Black Lesbians Matter” report, the result of a quantitative study, is akin to a Black Lesbian “census.” Regional, statewide, and local organizations that support Black LGBTQ asked Black lesbians to speak up and be heard, to stand up and be counted; 1,596 Black lesbians answered that call by participating in focus groups and through an on-line survey.

      Francine Ramsey, Executive Director of Zuna Institute says, ”This report is the result of a year long process, and will lay the foundation for constructive dialog and the creation of an effective collection of strategies that will address the needs of the Black Lesbian community.”.

      I can also say that I have not encountered any surveys, nor has anyone that I know of, at this time, contributed to such a work. So good luck Swandiver, I look forward to seeing your quantitative study of Black Lesbians.

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