AN ENTHUSIASTIC NETWORK OF RESEARCHERS
We are a network of researchers working on LGBTI+ inequalities across Europe and beyond. The network is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on identifying and addressing social and economic challenges faced by LGBTI+ communities as well as supporting future generations of scholars working in this field.
We understand the importance of connecting with other people working on similar subjects, not only to exchange ideas but experiences but also to create a supportive community. By bringing researchers, civil society organizations, industry partners, and other stakeholders together, we believe that is much better placed to address inequalities as experienced by LGBTI+ communities.
As a network we aim to address LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer) social and economic (in)equalities at a time of increased vulnerability for gender and sexual minorities in Europe. The Action will take concrete steps to break scholarly disciplinary silos, work across diverse cultural contexts, engage with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the public at large. We will also work with government, non-governmental policy organisations, trade unions and businesses.
With 30 joining members representing 14 European countries and 10 disciplines, three Working Groups (WGs) will be established in areas where social and economic inequalities shape the everyday lives of LGBTI+ people: Families and Communities; Employment and Economic Well-being; and Social and Legal Inclusion.
Despite existing legal protections against discrimination, LGBTI+ individuals continue to face challenges in Europe, particularly in certain EU countries and neighbouring nations. These difficulties extend to research networking since academics often remain hidden. Data remains scarce since gender and sexual identity is not commonly surveyed. The network will bring in potentially less visible researchers from across Europe. New academics and PhD students will be mentored and advised on how to build successful careers in LGBTI+ studies. We will also work to encourage governments to include information on gender and sexual identities in data collection and to consider the specific challenges facing these groups when formulating policy initiatives. Broader networking will include the delivery of online courses, Training schools, Short-term Scientific and Policy Missions, and community engagement.