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Support homeless LGBTQI people whose families and governments have rejected them.

The need

Many LGBTQI people around the world are victims of persecution and violence because of their sexual or gender identity or intersex status. They face imprisonment or the death penalty just because of who they are and who they love. Those who can, leave their countries behind and come to the UK to seek safety.
However, when they come to the UK they are not safe and they face several challenges. One of these challenges is homelessness.

LGBTQI people seeking asylum are often not safe when placed in housing with people from their home countries, or those people whose religious and cultural backgrounds hold extreme homophobic and transphobic views. They have reported being bullied and assaulted by other refugees with whom they share accommodation. They are often forced to choose homelessness to facing this violence. In turn, homelessness exposes them to further situations of abuse and violence.

The solution

In our experience the abuse that LGBTQI asylum seekers face in accommodation pushes many to become homeless at a critical point in life: when they try to save their lives and to secure their right to stay in the UK. This is why Micro Rainbow’s safe housing project is so vital.

Micro Rainbow decided to create safe homes where LGBTQI asylum seekers can be safe whilst they go through the gruelling asylum process. We now operate eleven safe homes, four in the London area, six in Birmingham and the West Midlands and one in the North West. We can provide up to 18,980 bed-nights a year, but they are not enough. With your help we can reach out to more homeless LGBTQI people.

What you can do to help

Running the safe houses and providing the extra support that LGBTQI asylum seekers need is expensive. However, together we can make sure that each person receives adequate bedding, food and clothing.