LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual) asylum seekers are often isolated from the religious and ethnic support networks that other asylum seekers normally depend upon in the UK. Often religious and ethnic groups in the UK hold the same homophobic prejudices that exist in the country of origin that the LGBT asylum seeker is fleeing from. At the same time ignorance and prejudice about LGBT issues are prevalent in the UKBA and throughout the asylum process.
Asylum seekers therefore face prejudice when fighting their asylum cases but also among the support networks that most other asylum seekers rely upon.
At UNITY we’ve had a number of people coming to us looking for help with asylum claims based on their sexuality. We’ve also had a number of gay asylum seekers looking for support services they can access here in Scotland. Sometimes it has not been possible to help people in the center in a truly confidential manner due to the many different people in the center at the same time.
To create a safe and welcoming space Unity in the Community has started a special support group for LGBT asylum seekers and their supporters.
If you are interested in being involved in the LGBT Group please email your details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We need the name you’re comfortable using with us and your phone number for us to have a chat with you. We have meetings every other week, please get in contact with us for more information and also organise social events.
Unity LGBT group is a group which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual and transgender refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. We aim to;
– Provide a safe social group
– Help people claim asylum and understand their rights
– Provide support and advice on legal, social and medical issues
– Gather information and create resources
– Network with existing LGBT and refugee groups
– Fight for LGBT rights both in the UK and abroad
We welcome anyone who is supportive of the aims of this group
Find us on FACEBOOK!
LGBT UNITY Gaylidh during Refugee Week 2014: