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!!”
Rainbow Sisters – a London group set up by Women for Refugee Women for women seeking sanctuary who identify as lesbian, providing activities, support, advocacy and resources.
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
Unity Centre Glasgow LGBT Asylum Seekers Helpline
You can also contact your local LGBT Centre. A list of other LGBT organisations (not necessarily specialists in asylum cases) can be found here.
The Outside Project LGBTIQ+ Crisis/Homeless Shelter & Community Centre in London
Rainbow Immigration formerly UKLGIG (UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group) – A national charity providing links to support groups, resources and a list of specialist solicitors nationally
LGBT Health Refugee Support Project http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/services-support/lgbt-refugee-project/
Say It Loud Club provides advocacy and support for LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
Micro Rainbow provides safe housing, access to employment, volunteering, training and education for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees
Living Free UK provide support and validate the lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ Africans, people seeking asylum, and refugees.
Persian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans Advisory Services (PLGBT)
African Rainbow Family, a non-profit organisation offering support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTIQ) People of African Heritage including Refugees and wider Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Groups),
House of Guramayle, a platform that advocates for the respect and dignity of the LGBTI+ Ethiopian community.
Let Voice be Heard is an informal Facebook support group supporting LGBQIA+ asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India)
Stonewall has a useful section on the asylum process.
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
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants) is an activist group fundraising and taking direct action in solidarity with migrants
Rainbow Railroad helps LGBTQI+ people escape state-sponsored violence.
OUTRIGHT ACTION iNTERNATIONAL – OutRight works at the international, regional and national levels to research, document, defend, and advance human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world. They partner directly with human rights organisations in various regions.
Rainbow Street is an international protection organization for LGBTQ people in the Middle East & North Africa
‘A history of providing sanctuary? LGBT+ asylum claims in the UK‘ – An article by Right to Remain