Ten leading foundations recently announced a historic commitment to invest at least $350 million in grants to improve health, education, and economic outcomes for boys and young men of color. President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative seeks to advance the same goals, working in close concert with philanthropic partners.
It’s so important that these philanthropic and public sector leaders are explicitly tackling the unique barriers faced by our young men and boys of color. As they do so, it’s also important to consider the specific challenges faced by gay, bisexual, and transgender males of color. As such, Funders for LGBTQ Issues Preisdent Ben Francisco Maulbeck has authored a new editorial on the Huffington Post, which looks at the value of bringing a sexual orientation and gender identity lens to initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper – not only for GBT young men and boys, but for all males of color.
To accompany this editorial Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released an infographic, which visually conveys the data on the needs of GBT males of color, current funding for this population, and opportunities for funders to maximize the impact of their work among GBT men and boys.
Additionally, don’t miss Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ five short YouTube videos, which tell the stories of five young GBT men of color working to strengthen their communities: