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Help support arts projects

for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.

Asylum seekers and refugees have a hard time in the UK; LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees even more so. Having to prove your sexual identity to the UK Border Agency in order to be granted refugee status is a near impossible task. How is it possible to deliver proof of your sexuality? Getting through the process is arduous, complicated and requires a great deal of time and strength.

The difficulty in being a gay asylum seeker does not end there. Imagine that you are a gay man from Iran, fleeing your country because your life is in danger. There are few places in the UK that you can find the support you need. If you are a refugee from Iran claiming asylum on other grounds, your home community living in the UK will be a source a support for you. But for you, a gay Iranian, it’s that same community who chased you from your homeland and made you fear for your life.

Without the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) who help LGBTI asylum seekers with their claims, the LGBTI refugee community would be completely unsupported. The organisation also facilitates brilliant arts work with LGBTI asylum seekers. This work is particularly important because it is the only time this group of vulnerable people are allowed to be something other than asylum seekers, the only time they can see outside of the asylum application process.

To continue this work, UKLGIG need to raise funds to cover weekly travel expenses for their clients. Without any government or local funding they rely entirely on donations. UKLGIG are hosting a fundraising night consisting of music, drama and poetry from LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees to raise money for these travel expenses.

The event will take place on Friday 31st August at 6.30pm at UKLGIG’s headquarters (32-36 Loman Street, SE1 0EH).

Entry is by paper donation and as spaces are limited please RSVP to to guarantee your place.

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