Broken Rainbow’s Rainbow Dot Campaign

Broken Rainbow’s Rainbow Dot Campaign

Broken Rainbow is the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Domestic Violence charity. It is an uncomfortable fact that domestic violence is a reality of LGBT relationships, and incidents of abuse are as frequent as that within the heterosexual community.

Every day, LGBT individuals are subjected to incidents of physical, sexual, psychological, financial and coercive control from their intimate partner or other family members. There are sadly also occasions where people lose their lives at the hands of those who profess to love them the most.

In the more than ten years the charity has been in existence, Broken Rainbow has helped and supported over 42,000 individuals. They are the only national organisation that works with LGBT victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse and they are proud to have been the voice of those who have been silenced.

In the next financial year they face a potential 40% cut on their primary grant from the Home Office. If this happens, it would result in them having to severely reduce their front line service provision, meaning that many people living in fear from their partner and family would be unable to access support and help from the charity and their small team of dedicated staff and volunteers.

“In the more than ten years the charity has been in existence, Broken Rainbow has helped and supported over 42,000 individuals. They are the only national organisation that works with LGBT victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse and they are proud to have been the voice of those who have been silenced.”

On February 4th 2016, during LGBT History Month, they launched their exciting new campaign – you couldn’t escape it on social media. The campaigns primary message is to increase awareness of the existence of LGBT domestic violence and abuse, both for members of the LGBT community, and for the wider society. They want to make it clear that domestic violence is not only a gender issue but is an issue for all of society, and we all deserve help and support.

In support of the new Rainbow Dot campaign, Broken Rainbow are approaching the community, friends and allies and asking them to show their support by agreeing to be photographed with a Rainbow Dot on their hand (similar to the images attached in this articles header). These photographs are then being used across their social media platforms, with some being included in a number of photographic exhibitions that they are hoping to show across the UK during the 2016 Summer Pride season.

Some well known faces and prominent figures have already supported the campaign, including Sir Ian McKellen, Penny Mordaunt (MP Minister for Armed Forces), Charlie Condou (actor) and John Amaechi (former NBA basketball player). You can join them and show your support too! Why not get your family, team, colleagues and network group members involved.

If you too would like to be involved and help to send the message that ‘There is no pride in domestic violence’ please email rainbowdot@brokenrainbow.org.uk

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BROKEN RAINBOW :

www.brokenrainbow.org.uk

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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