To celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance 2020, Micro Rainbow board member Alana Eissa has highlighted the specific challenges trans asylum seekers and refugees must face in the UK.
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Pearlgin, a non-binary South African Zulu lesbian, has had a convoluted and traumatic journey to the UK, but has still managed to grow into self-respect and pride.
This is Savanna’s story, a Micro Rainbow beneficiary and trans woman from Trinidad and Tobago seeking asylum in the UK.
The story of Jon and Marbilla’s journey to a Micro Rainbow safe house as Saudi LGBTI asylum seekers.
From sleeping rough on the streets of London to finally finding safety in an Micro Rainbow safe house
Alana shares her experience of leaving her own country, claiming asylum in the UK, finding safety with Micro Rainbow’s housing and moving on to a bright future.
This case study highlights the discrepancy in digital access LGBTI migrants face, made more difficult by COVID-19.
LGBTI migrants have been hit hard by COVID-19. Find out more about the issues they face and how Micro Rainbow is responding to them.
On the occasion of International Women’s Week, Micro Rainbow announces a project dedicated to supporting LBTI asylum seeking and refugee women.
Issues faced by LGBTI migrants in UK detention centres and how Micro Rainbow could be an Alternative to Detention (ATD) for many people who are at risk of violence and abuse.
Micro Rainbow is thrilled to welcome Alana, a leader with lived experience, to the board.
On 24th September 2019 Micro Rainbow and its corporate partner, Weil Gotshal and Manges were crowned winners of the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for Innovation.
Ana Gonzalez, Partner at Wilsons Solicitors LLP, shares her experience in representing trans asylum cases and the challenges they may involve.
The Tate Exchange was host to Micro Rainbow’s social inclusion programme in Spring 2019 giving LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees the chance to create dance inspired by the world-famous artwork all around them.
This is the story of June, a lesbian from China who was trafficked into the UK and is now hoping to gain asylum.
The process of applying for asylum as an LGBTI person can be very daunting, especially for those who may also be struggling to communicate in a new language. Interpreters have an important role to play in asylum claims and this article explains how.
Micro Rainbow opens a new safe home in the London area
Muhammad’s inspiring story follows his journey from Pakistan to the UK, the hurdles he has faced along the way, and the comfort he has found in Micro Rainbow’s social inclusion programme.
Rahim shares his inspiring experience of how, after over a year of destitution and homelessness, Micro Rainbow’s moving on programme helped him get his foot in the door of a major UK retail company.
myLotto24 awards Micro Rainbow £20,000 to support homeless LGBTI asylum seekers
On 22nd November 2018 Micro Rainbow was awarded the inaugural William Sutton Prize for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Success stories of Kaira, an intersex asylum seeker from a Latin American country and Muhammed, a gay asylum seeker from Bangladesh
Angela’s story highlights the need for social inclusion and empowerment of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees
Micro Rainbow has expanded its service provision of housing in the West Midlands. We now run three safe homes exclusively for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees in the area.
This activity, dancing at the Wetlands, allows LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees to use their bodies to express themselves and to heal past trauma. Micro Rainbow’s social inclusion programme is a key element of our holistic approach to integration.
On World Refugee Day, we wrote a blog for Amnesty International LGBTI Network. We discussed the invisibility of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees and challenges they continue to face including discrimination, isolation, poverty and homelessness.
Micro Rainbow and Weil Gotshal and Manges win the prestigious Legal Business Award under the category “Best CSR programme of the year”.
Micro Rainbow and Platypus (Croatia) provided training to 33 youth workers on supporting LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. The week long Erasmus+ training course took place in Zagreb, Croatia.
Micro Rainbow announces the opening of a second safe house for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees
In October 2017 Rashid and Maria, two asylum seekers from Bangladesh and El Salvador, entered the first safe house in the UK that is exclusively for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
On 26th September Micro Rainbow was the winner of the prestigious TrustLaw award for innovation
Jill Power, describes Micro Rainbow’s view on a controversial issue that affects the lives of thousands of people seeking refuge every year: granting asylum seekers the right to work while their asylum case is determined.
Sara is a lesbian refugee from Uganda. When she was outed as lesbian, she was removed from education, beaten, humiliated and ultimately forced into a marriage with an older man.
Micro Rainbow was selected from a shortlist of 30 and a total of 1,095 applicants from 36 countries as a finalist in the European Social Innovation Competition.
Southbank Centre have chosen Micro Rainbow Director of Social and Economic Inclusion as one of their Change Makers.
“It is hard to survive in the UK when you don’t have a job, you don’t have friends with jobs, and your family members hate you because you are lesbian.”
This report shows that lesbian and gay refugees in the UK live below the poverty line, are isolated and discriminated against.