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!!”
The Home Office has published statistics on asylum claims on the basis of sexuality between 1 July 2015 and 31 March 2017 (published Nov 2017)
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.
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.
The Peter Tatchell Foundation has an advice page for LGBT refugees
For more general information about finding legal advice, please see our section on Information for Sanctuary Seekers.
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
Iceandfire have developed a play ‘This is Who I Am’ – First-hand accounts of LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK about their experiences in their own country and on arrival in the UK, addressing the particular challenges they face. Iceandfire can perform readings of their plays on request.