LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees tell their stories in Manchester
By African Rainbow Family
This is a unique seminar organised by African Rainbow Family, LGBT asylum seekers and refugees, who are all members of the LGBTIQ+ community in the UK. It provides an opportunity to appreciate the gains made in the UK, to reflect on the environment for LGBTIs in various countries of origin, and looks at ways to support LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. The event is part of 'History: Celebrating Whom We Are', which is itself part of a UK-wide calendar of events which reflects on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
The event will bring together LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees with wider communities of people who identify as Black Asian and Minority Ethnic, White British, non LGBTIQ+ from different ethnic origins, and campaigners and allies, and will include talks which look at the following topics:
1. What the environment was like pre 1967 to be an LGBT+ person in the UK, the journey so far and expectations for the future.
2. The climate of LGBTI political asylum in the UK.
3. The situation for LGBTIs in Commonwealth countries.
4. Detention and anti-deportation support for LGBTI asylum seekers.
5. Stories of persecution in home countries and the barriers faced whilst seeking asylum in the UK.
There will be a tribute banquet which will be a chance to celebrate diversity through sharing our traditional cultures through food, dance and bringing together communities in Manchester, plus networking, sharing good ideas and practices that are useful in supporting LGBTI asylum seekers from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
This event is free but registration is required, and donations are very welcome on the day.
Read the full line up of speakers at the event link below.