Pride month: Five stories from around the world
Pride month: Five stories from around the world 30/06/2021
In many places Pride is still celebrated in secret, as LGBT people are still fighting to have their rights recognised. Here you can read five interviews carried out by Robin Levinson King for BBC. Happy Pride to everyone!
Stories from Costa Rica: the video of IRCA CASABIERTA
IRCA Casabierta 23/10/2020
IRCA Casabierta has filmed a video that addresses their work and the stories of the SOGI claimants who receive support in Costa Rica. We are happy to share the video as a way to thank them for their wonderful job. Enjoy!
'Transitioning' from asylum claimant to refugee status: Zaid's struggle for accommodation
Micro Rainbow International Foundation 11/10/2019
Zaid's story is the account of another refugee’s struggle to find accommodation and move on after waiting months for a decision on his asylum claim. The story was collected by the Micro Rainbow International Foundation.
Unlawfully deported from UK was ‘gang-raped and fearing for her life’ after removal to Uganda: The story of PN
The Independent 20/09/2019
Asylum seeker who is being returned to Britain after landmark High Court case tells The Independent she has been living in perpetual fear of being attacked for her sexuality. Story collected by May Bulman.
Caught Between Borders: The Stories of Ismail, Faith and Jimmy, three African SOGI people in need of asylum
[An] investigation into the plight of African LGBTI asylum seekers revealed that systemic gaps in the asylum process mean that […] if you’re African and LGBTI, true safety is often unachievable. By M. Politzer and A. Hylton.
Escaping Trans Discrimination: Stories of Trans Women Seeking Asylum in the US
For many trans people facing discrimination in home countries, migration to the US represents a chance to redeem their identity. But upon arriving in the US, they often find a dangerous life and threat of detention (by VICE).
LGBT asylum seekers face double isolation: Reflections of a gay claimant
Irish Examiner 20/07/2019
Evgeny Shtorn, a civil society activist and researcher that was forced to leave Russia and claim asylum in Europe, has recently published his reflections on SOGI asylum with the Irish Examiner. A selection is provided here.
Ken’s story: ‘When my asylum application was denied, I felt cold and hopeless, as though my life were over’
Gay rugby player Ken M. has been living in the UK for 10 years, after moving from Kenya where gay sex carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years, and recently detained. Ella Braidwood collected his story for Inews.
Sicilian volunteers help African LGBTI migrants hit by new Italian Law
The New Humanitarian 20/06/2019
For the World Refugee Day '19, we would like to pay tribute to those volunteers who help all migrants, including people fleeing homophobia and transphobia, so they can feel everywhere at 'home'. #EveryHumanCounts
Zuheir's story: 'I had to leave Lebanon after I came out as gay and HIV positive on TV'
Gay Star News 07/06/2019
The project Stonewall 50 Voices series, which celebrates the diversity of our global LGBTI community, has hosted the story of a 29-year-old filmmaker and Lebanese refugee living in the UK.
Mohammed's story: death threats, an unwanted marriage, homelessness and depression but now free
Peter Tatchell Foundation 24/05/2019
Mohammed was studying in the UK when was pressured into a heterosexual marriage. He fled this marriage but could not return to Pakistan after his family threatened to kill him. In 2019 he finally got the refugee status.
Gay refugee fears for his life when he’s deported: nine years in UK do not matter at all
Worcester News 12/04/2019
The story of a man, who fears for his future due to potential deportation to Bangladesh following the rejection of his appeal for asylum by the UK Home Office, collected by Grace Walton.
‘As an LGBT refugee, Europe’s deal with Libya has left me fearing for my life’
The story appeared in an article written by Ali Ibrahim in partnership with Sally Hayden. [For a related international law analysis, see the recent Special Issue of GenIUS in SOGICA website's publications section).
Nahas’s Fight for LGBT Refugees: Making History at the UN and at the NYC Pride
The Daily Beast 30/11/2018
After fleeing Syria, Nahas made history by becoming the first person to address the UN Security Council on the persecution of LGBT people under ISIS and a grand marshal of the 2016’s 46th NYC Pride March [story by D. Agren].
Fleeing the United States: Danni, trans activist seeking asylum in Sweden
The Local 12/10/2018
Ruben Dieleman, Dutch freelance journalist and an assistant researcher at Gothenburg University, collected this story for The Local (se). 'Askini’s story is one of great hardships, yet she radiates positivity', he reports.
'We’re brothers, sisters and activists’: the Greek collective of gay and trans refugees
The Guardian 28/09/2018
For persecuted gay and trans refugees, getting together has given them a safe space as well as vital support. Edward Siddons, for The Guardian, hears how the group became family they never had.
This is Who I Am - Testimonies from LGBT+ refugees in UK
This is Who I Am 03/08/2018
This is Who I Am; verbatim testimonies from LGBT+ refugees about their experiences in their own country and on arrival in the UK was launched at the 2017 And What? Queer Arts Festival. Check their website for more info.
'Life is hell because I support my gay brother' - A story from Cameroon
In Cameroon, if you are a loving, supportive member of a gay man’s family, you can become a target for violently anti-gay attackers. Colin Stewart and Mr. Defender collected the story of Dominique's family.
Life stories under the Gianchette bridge - Ventimiglia
Ventimiglia, an Italian city close to the French border where migrants settle in unathorized camps waiting for the ‘European dream’. The Gianchette bridge is more than a flyover: it is a symbol of an 'interrupted’ dream.
Stories from Lesbian Refugees in Germany: Bleiberecht für lesbische Geflüchtete!
A few women, who have claimed asylum in reason of their sexual orientation, share their stories and call for supporting the right to stay for Lesbian Refugees in Germany. If you would like to, sign the petition on change.org.
Ibrahim, Tiny, Tendai, Vicky&Taffy and Aldo: stories of life-long battles
Oram International 09/03/2018
These stories of life-long battles were collected by ORAM in "As I Am: Understanding the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of Refugees" (2013), the first educational film for LGBTI asylum seekers.
Fatina, Grace, Hamid and Orashia: Stories of Bisexual Asylum Seekers
Gay Star News 19/01/2018
As part of [Gay Star News] Bi+ Manifesto season, desperate asylum seekers have shared the devastating reality in the ways they are discriminated against once they reach ‘safer shores’. [Stories collected by Joe Morgan].
Karla Avelar - A transgender activist in El Salvador has sought refuge in Ireland.
Washington Blade 17/11/2017
Approximately 600 LGBTI people have been killed in El Salvador since 1993. Karla Avelar, a transgender activist in that country was forced to seek refuge in Ireland [Story collected by Michael K. Lavers].
A transgender woman from Singapore facing compulsory military service if deported was given asylum in the UK in 2016
The Guardian 17/02/2017
In 2016 for the first time, the UK granted asylum to a transgender woman from Singapore so she would not have to go back to her country of origin and complete compulsory military service as a man.