Micro Rainbow

Changing people's lives, one at a time

About Micro Rainbow

Micro Rainbow’s vision is to create a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people are free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life, including in accessing employment, training, education, financial services, healthcare, housing, places of faith, and public services.

We do this by:

  • Providing safe housing to LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees
  • Facilitating access to employment, volunteering, training and education for LGBTQI refugees through our moving on programme
  • Providing social inclusion activities to reduce the extreme isolation faced by LGBTQI people
 
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What we do at Micro Rainbow

What we are doing to help LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees

Micro Rainbow opened the first safe house in the United Kingdom dedicated solely to LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees. Our houses provide a safe and temporary shelter for all LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees. They are located in the London area, in the North West and in the West Midlands.

About our moving on programme for LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees

Many LGBTQI  people flee their country because of the persecution they face due to their sexuality, gender identity or intersex status. Those who find safety in the UK and become refugees have to build a whole new life. Micro Rainbow can help in this process with employability and moving on support.

Why we provide social inclusion activities for LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees

LGBTQI refugees are still rejected by their families and communities even in the UK. They become extremely isolated, without enough social safety nets and opportunities in life. They live at the margins of society, often in environments that expose them to increased abuse and violence.

Estelle

Estelle’s Story

Refugee Action spoke to Estelle, a volunteer Asylum Guide, who trained as part of their Navigating Asylum Partnerships project, funded by Comic Relief. This is Estelle’s story.