This looks at how austerity efforts in the UK are impacting LGBT orograms. Similar impacts are likely in other countries, states, provinces and regions where austerity efforts are underway.
In the wake of yet another LGBTQ+ charity closing as a result of cuts, Stephanie Farnsworth examines the cost of austerity for the community.
The closure of Pace, an LGBT+ mental health charity in London, predictably comes in the wake of increased financial pressures due to the climate of austerity. This is a massive blow for LGBTQ+ Londoners; all gender and sexually diverse people have been shown to be at greater risk of experiencing a mental health issue and now these people will be left with far fewer places to turn for support. This is far from the first LGBTQ+ charity to have suffered under the government’s austerity plans: last year Broken Rainbow was also fighting for maintaining its services, and thankfully enough money was raised to save it. Services have suffered across the country: We’ar Out, the only LGBTQ+ charity in Sunderland, was forced to close several years ago…
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