The Lesbian Immigration Support Group is a Manchester, UK based group of lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum seeking women and their supporters.

We offer practical and social support.

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Women for Refugee Women - I Am Human report

*Today Women for Refugee Women launched their I Am Human report exploring the experiences of women detained in Yarl’s Wood.*

It reveals that despite Home Office denials, women are routi
nely watched and searched by male staff in the detention centre.

Many LISG members have been detained at Yarl's Wood, and live in fear of being returned there.
The report is available on the Women for Refugee women website:
The report was launched at the National Refugee Women’s conference 'Set Her Free'. Check out the coverage of the conference in the Guardian.


14 January- National Refugee Women’s Conference on campaign against detention

*14 January 2015 - National Refugee Women’s Conference on the SET HER FREE campaign against detention*

Venue - the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, London EC2A 3EA, 10.30 to 4pm

Hear from inspirational speakers including:

Meltem Avcil, ex-detainee and campaigner;
Nimko Ali, anti-FGM campaigner; Diana Nammi, campaigner against honour killing and Woman of the Year at the Women on the Move Awards, Zrinka Bralo of the Migrant & Refugee Communities Forum
For more information and booking details, visit the Women for Refugee Women website:


Prossy Kakooza delivers speech at Human Dignity Trust event

Check out this great pic of LISG volunteer Prossy Kakooza alongside deputy PM Nick Clegg; Ugandan LGBT advocate Dr. Frank Mugisha; and Alice Nkom - a Human Rights Lawyer from Cameroon who fights tirelessly for LGBT rights.

The four were speaking at an event organised by the Human Dignity Trust, a British organisation which aims to help local groups and individuals challenge the legality of laws which criminalise consensual same sex relationships wherever those laws exist in the world.

In early 2007 Prossy sought asylum in the UK after being imprisoned and tortured in Uganda because of her sexuality. She then faced a battle against the culture of disbelief facing LGBT asylum seekers. Her claim was initially dismissed and after a lengthy appeal process ordeal she was finally granted refugee status in late 2008.

For more info on the work of the Human Dignity Trust, check out its website:


Thank yous & LISG festive lunch

Well 2014 is drawing to a close. We've had a busy year with members experiencing set-backs and successes, highs and lows. We've spoken at conferences, taken part in some great arts activities & two gay prides, met with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to help shape new Home Office guidance.

Thank you to everyone who has signed a petition, tweeted an airline, given a donation, attended one of our events, hosted an arts workshop, or cheered us on at Pride. We really appreciate it.

*Thank you to Raise the Bar*

A special thank you to Claire Bennett, Kisha Morris and Labels Bar Soho for their continued support through their Raise the Bar events. The evenings showcase the talents of LGBT artists and raise awareness of issues faced by LGBT asylum seekers. They also raise donations towards the work of Lesbian Immigration Support Group. A LISG member or volunteer attends each event, and is always overwhelmed by the welcome and the fantastic atmosphere.

*LISG festive lunch*

We had a great time at our end of year festive lunch yesterday! We prepared & shared food and then Karen taught us some belly dancing moves.


Aderonke Apata in The Independent's prestigious Rainbow List

Congratulations to LISG member Aderonke Apata!
Check out the new entry at number 41 in The Independent newspaper's prestigious Rainbow List :

"Aderonke Apata

 LGBT asylum campaigner Apata fled persecution for homosexuality in her native Nigeria, and campaigns for LGBT asy
lum seekers to stay in the UK. Her petition, demanding that she be allowed to stay, gained 32,000 signatures, and her valiant efforts were recognised when she gained the National Diversity Award."

Well done Aderonke, and thank you for all you do to raise awareness of issues faced by LGBT asylum seekers.


LISG members at 'Seeking Asylum in the UK: LGBT Experiences' conference


On 6 November some LISG members attended the 'Seeking Asylum in the UK: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Perspectives' conference in Liverpool

It was great to meet people from UKLGIG and other campaigning and research organisations
& to share information on key issues in campaigning, advocacy and activism in LGBT asylum.

Aderonke gave a really inspiring talk & it was lovely to see long time LISG supporter researcher Claire Bennett
For more info on the conference and ongoing research project check out the Economic and Social Research Council website.


Tuesday 5 August - Raise the Bar Soho

In London Tuesday 5 August?

The lovely Kisha Morris is hosting Raise the Bar, an arts and open mic evening at Labels Bar, Frith Street, Soho.
The aim of the evening is to raise your spirits, and raise awareness and raise funds for LISG! 

Our Prossy Kakooza joined Kisha and Claire Bennett at the last Raise the Bar event and had such an amazing time. There were so many talented people performing, plus lots of info shared about issues faced by LGBT asylum seekers. The info is based on Claire Bennett's research on experiences of lesbian women seeking asylum in the UK.

Thank you so much Kisha and Claire for your support, and have a fantastic night on Tuesday!!