#UsToo: Reclaiming “Lesbian” in Vienna

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BY KELLY COGSWELL

“If we don’t have enough anecdotal evidence proving how trifling we are, it’s there in dollars and cents. Out of 424 million dollars budgeted for international LGBTI issues in 2013-2014, only a measly two percent went toward projects for LBQ (lesbian, bi, queer) women. And out of hundreds of recommendations put forward at the United Nations in recent years, only one addressed specifically lesbian issues.

Those figures come from the first European Lesbian* Conference that took place early this month in Vienna, and they were the proverbial last drop that pushed the organizers into action. (They should crunch the numbers for women’s projects, too, which I suspect are no more eager to embrace lesbian issues than queer NGOs often headed by gay men.)

The two researchers who presented a report to the conference on lesbian lives in Europe discovered that we were almost on par with unicorns when it came to mining data even among countries in the relatively progressive European Union.

This meant that not only were they limited in the conclusions they could draw, but that we would hit a brick wall if we wanted to propose a project on lesbian mental health, for instance, because we wouldn’t have enough figures proving it was needed or to create a model for how it might work. Ditto for projects addressing violence against lesbians. No data. Therefore, no funding. And no action. As a result, almost every researcher at the conference begged the lesbian participants from Iceland to Uzbekistan to get involved collecting data on their own communities.”

Continue reading at: http://gaycitynews.nyc/ustoo-reclaiming-lesbian-vienna/

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5 responses to “#UsToo: Reclaiming “Lesbian” in Vienna

  1. Reblogged this on FeistyAmazon and commented:
    Lesbians speak out!!

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  2. You know that is so untrue that there is no data on Lesbians. After 40 plus years of activism here all number of Lesbian psychologists doing geir Masters or PHDs on various,Lesbian health surveys, sociological, mental and physical.

    But I believe we get the miniscule piece of the pie. Gay guys are just as selfish about sharing as straight males are.

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    • listeninglisa

      In some parts of the world there is more lesbian-specific research than others. In some parts of the world there is virtually none at all.

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