We’ve been away for a while. It’s not easy for anyone right now, but here’s what we’ve been up to.
On Thursday 12th March we shut our office and began the preparations for home working.
On Friday 13th March our sessional staff were asked to pause work on all projects until further notice.
By 16th March we had reached out to the ScotGov-funded LGBT+ organisations to offer our support and resources in any way we could, in the reorganisation of services for COVID-19.
We made contact with community group leaders around the country, including at LGBT Unity (for asylum seekers and refugees), Hidayah (LGBT Muslim group) and several local Pride organisers – often the only LGBT+ presence locally.
Between 27th March and 2nd April, we opened up our LGBT Community Impact survey. 28 local groups took part offering a useful early insight into the COVID-19 impact on LGBT groups around Scotland.
On Monday 30th March, with many events already cancelled, we brought Pride organisers together to discuss a digital pride solution for Scotland. We’ve since tested and successfully trialled the live streaming solution, as well as building a team to bring together the best of Scotland’s Pride!
In April, all our efforts have been focussed on funding bids to keep the charity going. We face a significant loss of income as our non-project income is raised through Pride events, which are all on hold. This would normally pay for the basics like rent, digital licensing and our LGBT news work.
We don’t receive Scottish Government funding, we never have, and we don’t have a huge cash reserve. That’s just the reality for most LGBT+ organisations in Scotland, even during ‘normal’ times.
We’ve been successful with a some funders, less successful with others, but we’ll keep moving forward.
This has meant we’ve not given as much attention to LGBT-themed news or politics over the last few weeks, but frankly there is only one story that matters right now.
Things won’t be back to normal for quite some time, if atall.
We’ll try to keep fighting for community representation and visibility in every corner of the country. Will you support us?