Micro Rainbow’s previous studies into LGBTI poverty in Cambodia, Brazil and among refugees in the United Kingdom have supported the argument that there is a link between discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity and poverty.
They also show that when poverty is combined with multiple forms of discrimination, such as gender, race, class and, most importantly, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, there develops a reality of massive socio-economic inequality and exclusion. Put simply, LGBTI people pay a higher price to step out of poverty.
About our economic empowerment and advocacy programme
After piloting and testing activities for over ten years, we have shaped an LGBTI-refugee centred economic empowerment and advocacy programme which is already showing three interesting results:
It creates new, practical and life-changing opportunities for LGBTI refugees
It changes social attitudes and the negative stereotypes that society often associates with LGBTI refugees
It provides new data and life stories that are powerful tools for advocacy
This consists of one-to-one support and advocacy to those who have recently become refugees in order to:
obtain National Insurance numbers
register with Universal Credit
open bank accounts
Micro Rainbow works with various partners, including the third and private sector, to:
provide one to one support over a period of six to twelve months to prepare and review a moving on plan (e.g. to find employment or access education)
organise workshops around CV writing and interviewing skills
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.
Joint Statement, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network & International Lesbian and Gay Association Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Delivered by Alberto Ulises Quero Garcia 54:54 – 57:00 / Text is below
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.
Many people around the world still do not know what being intersex means. We are committed to continue contributing and to understand better how Micro Rainbow could support those intersex people living in poverty.
We share some preliminary findings of our research into the situation of poverty of lesbian and gay refugees in the UK. We concentrated the analysis on two cities, London and Manchester, and interviewed 50 lesbian and gay refugees using a structured questionnaire.
At Micro Rainbow, we believe that many LGBTI people across the world are poor because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and LGBTI people trapped in poverty can break the poverty cycle if they are given the opportunity.
2 June 2013
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