CILIA-LGBTQI+ Scotland Policy Brief Winter/Spring 2021

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The EU DIAL funded ‘Comparing Intersectional Lifecourse Inequalities among LGBTQI+ Citizens in Four European Countries’ (CILIA-LGBTQI+) project examines intersectional inequalities and their impacts upon lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) citizens in four European countries (England, Germany, Portugal, Scotland). We are concerned with inequalities at key points of life transition, including school to work, employment progression in mid-life, and the transition into retirement and later life. Drawing upon interviews and secondary analysis, this policy brief reflects on the findings from the CILIA-LGBTQI+ research conducted in Scotland.

Key points

  • Differences within LGBTQI+ communities map onto inequalities experienced across the lifecourse. Attending to intersecting inequalities needs to become a policy priority across e.g. health and social care, education, employment, and justice.
  • Interviewees across the age-range reported similar experiences suggestive of generational continuations, rather than generational change.
  • Despite legal progress and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives, policy-practice development at national and local levels can be uneven and may lack monitoring, consolidation and mainstreaming. Lived experience of inequalities may contradict equality policy-practice provisions.
  • Current funding structures and resourcing for LGBTQI+ organisations, programmes and projects potentially render the commencement or continuation of equalities work vulnerable.
  • Past experiences of inequality and discrimination continue to impact upon LGBTQI+ citizens’ present lives and thoughts about the future.