The criminalisation and persecution of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex is happening right now in 72 countries across the world,  and has led to many fleeing for their lives and seeking sanctuary , particularly from those countries which still have the death sentence, if convicted.

The Pride Without Borders group in Leicester says, “For those who have fled their countries of origin due to persecution because of being LGBT, this is how Freedom tastes…  to be who you are: no death threats, no persecution but who you are is what matters!!”

Organisations and Links

Pride Without Borders - A support and guidance network that is part of the City of Sanctuary network, specifically for LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees in and around Leicester

ReachOUT Leeds - A charity in Leeds for sanctuary seekers who have had to flee their home country because of their sexuality and/or gender identity

UKLGIG (UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group) - A national charity providing links to support groups, resources and a list of specialist solicitors nationally

Stonewall has a useful section on the asylum process. 

'A history of providing sanctuary? LGBT+ asylum claims in the UK' - An article by Right to Remain

The Human Dignity Trust is a legal charity that supports those who want to challenge anti-gay laws wherever they exist in the world. Their website includes a library of case law and legal analysis. 

Facts and Figures

This article includes maps that illustrate the discrimination faced by those who are LGBT around the world. 

The Human Dignity Trust has in-depth country information. 

Supporting a LGBTQ sanctuary seeker

Making an asylum claim based on sexuality and/or gender identity

The UKLGIG (UK Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group) recommends seeking specialist legal advice before making a claim for asylum on the basis of sexuality and/or gender identity. 

They have written an Overview of the Asylum System for claims based on sexuality and/or gender identity and have a database of solicitors specialising in this area.

Stonewall also has a useful section on the asylum process.

For more general information about finding legal advice, please see our section on Information for Sanctuary Seekers.

Plays, films and other resources

An article about the documentary 'Mr Gay Syria' which looks at the way the LGBT community is treated in Syria and abroad

'Where Love is Illegal' - an Instagram project documenting LGBTIQ+ stories of survival from across the world

The play 'Nine Lives' by Zodwa Nyoni explores the life of Ishmael, a Zimbabwean refugee in Leeds. The play has been on a national tour and the website includes a video of the play

The play 'The Rolling Stone' by Chris Urch explores the persecution of homosexuality in Uganda