WHO WE ARE
Urban&Out was founded in 2011 to provide more professional and leadership development opportunities, spaces, and resources for LGBTQ communities of color. In the last decade, we have held more than 30 events in multiple cities, engaged 1000+ individuals, and worked with truly amazing partners.
In the past our events have included panels, forums, cultural events, and trainings. To meet the challenges of the global pandemic and economic depression, we are pivoting to virtual content (articles, panels, profiles) on building careers and social capital; an employment portal; and resources platform for LGBTQ businesses-centered and organizations.
Our goals remain the same: to help LGBTQ people of color build community, careers, and leadership; increase LGBTQPOC representation and inclusion everywhere; strengthen entrepreneurship and organizational capacity; and support work by/for/about (LGBTQ) people of color.
More on founder Kenrick Ross
WHY THIS WORK
LGBTQ professionals of color start out behind white peers, and are falling farther behind, with few pathways to leadership.
1/3 of LGBTQ youth drop out before graduating high school
The racial gap in college admissions is closing, but the graduation gap is widening, and students of color disproportionately end up at less selective schools, compounding debt and career mobility
Most black and brown college graduates still end up in non-college jobs
the black unemployment rate has remained twice that of whites for 50 years, irrespective of booms and busts
Latinx households are worth less than 1/10 of whites ones (black ones, even less)
Millions of queer and trans workers can be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity and existing protections are under threat
Asian Americans are the least likely of all racial groups to be promoted into management (despite the public prominence of many Asian-American CEOs and the persistence of the model minority myth)
Lack of access to information, networks, pipelines, role models, mentors, and best practices means dismal representation in workspaces, and crises of diversity in leadership- in all sectors.
Management in most industries, and particularly higher-income ones, remain disproportionately white
We are almost nonexistent in leadership in all sectors- just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 10% of nonprofit CEOs are of color
Some higher-end industries- like banking- have actually gotten less diverse in the last few years
With almost no generational wealth and almost no access to traditional forms of credit and capital, black and brown small businesses face perilous, often insurmountable odds to launch and survive, much less thrive
In an economy where almost all net job growth comes from startups, there is scant access to capital for entrepreneurs of color; as little as 3% of venture capital ends up black hands
Organizations and institutions for and led by people of color face daunting challenges, from securing funding and hiring competitively, to investing in governance, operations, and fiscal management