Update: One of the two eQualityGiving moderators who updates that particular eQualityGiving webpage now says the number is actually now 22 of 37, not 20 of 37. See the comment thread comment below.
According to eQualityGiving, 20 out of 37 national LGBT non-profit organizations don’t have any transgender board members. Of the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization boards, only 3% of the board members are transgender.
The numbers are shocking, but hardly surprising.
The following chart gives a breakdown of the board members by organization:
Of the 6 state organizations eQualityGiving highlighted later on that same webpage, only 5% of the board members are transgender.
eQualityGiving’s suggestions for adding more transgender representation on LGBT non-profit organization boards:
- Contact the organizations you support who do not have any transgender board members, and express your concern about this lack and your desire to help identify a transgender person to fill the gap.
- Identify one or more transgender friends who are board member prospects, and begin mentoring them in their involvement and philanthropy.
- Consider funding the give/get requirement for a trans person who cannot afford it.
- Ask your board to relax give/get requirements if necessary for trans members.
- Ask your board to reduce time requirements for trans members serving on multiple boards.
- Ask your boards ask potential trans members to bring one or 2 others with them to a board in order to minimize tokenism.