Social inclusion

Reducing the extreme isolation faced by LGBTI people

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Family rejection is the number one issue that LGBTI people face (Micro Rainbow beneficiaries)

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The percentage of pupils who are bullied for being LGBT in the UK (Stonewall)

Why we provide social inclusion activities

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.

Online Social Inclusion

To protect the safety of staff and clients, we have suspended our face-to-face social inclusion activities throughout the UK, our moving on workshops and face-to-face risk assessments for the housing programme. However, we are working painstakingly over the phone, by email and social media to support LGBTI asylum seekers who are homeless, feel isolated and distressed or need guidance to move on. We are also doing risk assessments over the phone. We offer weekly online social inclusion sessions like relaxation, yoga, dance and legal workshops. If you want to join but don’t have enough mobile data we can top up your phone. Please email [email protected] to join our online activities.
COVID-19

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. 

We currently deliver social inclusion activities in London, Birmingham and Leeds. 

Social inclusion calendar

Please note that there is often a limit on the number of people that can attend the social inclusion sessions. Please email our social inclusion team at [email protected] to sign up to the activities, for more information and to receive details of future sessions in your area.

When: every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm. Due to the Coronavirus we have decided to suspend all social events until further notice.

Where
Unit 2.4
The Green House
244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
London
E2 9DA

When: every first Monday of the month from 1-5pm: Due to the Coronavirus we have decided to suspend all social events until further notice.

  • Monday 6th July
  • Monday 3rd August
  • Monday 7th September
  • Monday 5th October
  • Monday 2nd November
  • Monday 7th December

Where
Birmingham LGBT Centre
38-40 Holloway Circus
Birmingham
B1 1EQ

When: every first and fourth Thursday from 2-4pm: Due to the Coronavirus we have decided to suspend all social events until further notice.

  • Thursday 9 July
  • Thursday 23 July

Where
Mesmac
22 Blayds Yard
Leeds
LS1 4AD

At Micro Rainbow you can access:

One-to-one support

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.

A monthly peer support group for LBTI women including those who have suffered gender-based violence with the goal of reclaiming the mind and body.

Stay informed

Please email [email protected] to be informed of these opportunities and more.

Success stories

Table Mountain

Pearlgin’s Story

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.

Savannas story

Savanna’s story

This is Savanna’s story, a Micro Rainbow beneficiary and trans woman from Trinidad and Tobago seeking asylum in the UK.

Backs of two people

Jon and Marbilla’s story

The story of Jon and Marbilla’s journey to a Micro Rainbow safe house as Saudi LGBTI asylum seekers.

Latest updates

Table Mountain

Pearlgin’s Story

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.

Savannas story

Savanna’s story

This is Savanna’s story, a Micro Rainbow beneficiary and trans woman from Trinidad and Tobago seeking asylum in the UK.

Backs of two people

Jon and Marbilla’s story

The story of Jon and Marbilla’s journey to a Micro Rainbow safe house as Saudi LGBTI asylum seekers.

Immersed in movement and art at the Tate Exchange

Immersed in movement and art at the Tate Exchange

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.

Rainbow Flag with Bikes

Muhammad’s story

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.

Angela

Angela’s story

Angela’s story highlights the need for social inclusion and empowerment of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees

Sista Sista meeting

How Sista Sista tackles poverty of LBT women

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.