LGBTI people are still rejected by their families and communities in every country. 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 people, to strengthen communities where networks are fragile.
At Micro Rainbow International in the United Kingdom you can access:
For 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
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 is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and delivers dancing 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.
Other social inclusion opportunities in other countries
In addition to these regular activities which take place in the UK, we also organise a variety of other social inclusion opportunities in other countries, for example around Pride month, or International Day Against Homo-Transphobia (IDAHOT). Please make sure to follow or social media to receive information about such activities in the UK, Cambodia and Brazil.
If you are an LGBTI person in the UK this is what you can do
This activity, dancing at the Wetlands, allows LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees to use their bodies to express themselves and to heal past trauma. MRI’s social inclusion programme is a key element of our holistic approach to integration.
Southbank Centre’s Summer Festival in 2016, Festival of Love, explores love of humanity and how we can make the world a better place for one another. The Centre has been searching across the UK, through
Now We Are Here tells the stories of Michael, Mir, Desmond and Tammy, four asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK who are LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex). Expectations of England, a hoped-for
Weather the storm Micro Rainbow International recently established a pilot peer support program for LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom called Weather the Storm. This pilot was received with early enthusiasm and
To coincide with IDAHOT 2015’s (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) theme “LGBTQ Youth” this is the 3rd in a series of interviews focusing on some of the challenges facing LGBTI youth living in poverty around
For IDAHOT 2015’s (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) theme “LGBTI Youth” we’ve chosen to highlight some of the challenges facing LGBTI youth living in poverty by interviewing service providers working with this struggling population Jill Power
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We have consulted with almost 50 LGBT people in Rio de Janeiro and are currently drafting a report, to be published in the second half of the year. We wanted to share some of the upsetting answers we have received when we asked interviewees if they had ever experienced discrimination.
commemorate Refugee Week by giving 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.