LGBTI 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.
About our social inclusion programme
Our social inclusion programme aims to build friendships and reduce the extreme isolation faced by LGBTI refugees, to strengthen communities where networks are fragile.
At Micro Rainbow you can access:
For LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers to come along for a coffee and chat, we can make an appointment for you. This service does not give legal asylum advice but does provide emotional support while going through the asylum process.
Weather the Storm
A weekly peer support group for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. The emphasis of this group is on using creative expression to overcome stigma and isolation. Activities include:
Dancing workshops: Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Jamie Dryburgh and Stephanie Schober are internationally acclaimed choreographers and work together to deliver dance workshops for us once a month. A stress buster and working with music and the body to create a feel-good factor.
LGBTI refugee choir: the choir meets once a month to reduce isolation, make new friends and make connections with other groups in the community.
Mindfulness workshops: experienced healthcare professionals support LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees to improve their life skills and deal with past trauma, stress and anxiety.
Part two of our research to examine the relationships between being a refugee in the UK, poverty and sexual orientation. We spoke to 50 lesbian and gay refugees from 13 different countries who shared some of the experiences of persecution and discrimination which they had faced.
In October 2013 we launched research to examine the relationships between being a refugee in the UK, poverty and sexual orientation. We spoke with 50 lesbian and gay refugees from 13 different countries who shared some of the experiences of persecution and discrimination which they had faced.
Give a voice to some of the thoughts that LGBTI refugees often have but do not always have the courage to express for fear of being seen as ungrateful towards the country that gave them safety or of being judged.