Genesis and Structure of the LGBT Assessment
In 2004, Lynette Campbell of the Philadelphia Foundation led an initial discussion with Michael Hinsonof the Mayor’s Office, City of Philadelphia, and Robert Morrison, former President of the Board of Directors, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund about the need for a comprehensive understanding of the LGBTCommunities of Philadelphia, including their size, geographic scope, and needs. The project was early onconceived as a census, but discussions with Lanette Swopes of the United States Census Bureau led to anunderstanding that a community assessment based upon existing data (and not built upon a costly andlogistically complicated census) would be the best way to proceed. Next, these early stakeholders convened The Philadelphia LGBT Assessment Coalition, a group of representatives from local government, foundations, businesses and community based organizations todiscuss in what ways such an assessment might be valuable for strategic planning, fundraising, andcommunity organizing. After identifying ways that such data would be valuable, the groupenthusiastically endorsed the creation of an LGBT Community Assessment for the City of Philadelphia.Finally, key leaders from the City (Michael Hinson), the Philadelphia Foundation (Andrew Swinney andMelissa DeShields), the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (Robert Morrison and Perry Monastero), andPhiladelphia Health Management Corporation (John Loeb and Lynn Kotranski) met to discuss next steps.This group decided that they would pursue a two-phase strategy. Phase I, to be conducted in one year,would involve the collection and analysis of all existing data (which would be culled from the 2000United States Census and the 2004 PHMC Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey), as wellas the identification of gaps in the data. The Philadelphia Foundation and the City of Philadelphiafunded the Phase I work, and hired Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to conductthe project. PHMC hired consultant Chris Bartlett to coordinate the project, and PHMC ResearchAssociate Heather Batson led efforts to collect and analyze the available data. Following completion of a preliminary report, project staff met with numerous groups of stakeholders from the government, business, foundation and community sectors, and presented initial data in order to receive feedback.Using feedback from these group meetings, project staff have made recommendations (contained herein)about the future of the LGBT Community Assessment.
This final report represents the culminationof Phase I
.Phase II involves the pursuit of further information to fill gaps that were identified in Phase I, as well asthe enrollment of additional funders and stakeholders from government, business, foundation, andcommunity sectors to ensure that additional information collected meets the needs of these sectors. Therecommendations at the end of this report represent the possible next steps that will be pursued incontinuing the work of Philadelphia's LGBT Community Assessment.
This report presents the results of data collection and analysis about LGBT populations in the City of Philadelphia. The report expands upon a growing body of work being done nationally that examines thedemographics and trends of LGBT communities and their cultures. In their groundbreaking work, TheGay and Lesbian Atlas
, Gary Gates and Jason Ost analyzed data about same-sex unmarried couples
Gates, Gary J. and Jason Ost, The Gay and Lesbian Atlas, Urban Institute Press, Washington, D.C., 2004.