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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03/08/2014

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!!


Uganda anti-gay law declared 'null and void' however LGBT people still in danger


LISG volunteer Prossy Kakooza fled Uganda in 2007 due to horrific persecution because of her sexuality. She's made the following comments about the status of lesbian and gay people in Uganda.

"Just to clarify for people, although the anti-Homosexuality Bill has been struck down in Uganda on
a technicality, it's still not a safe place for LGBT people.
 
People's minds about the issue haven't miraculously changed & the draconian colonial era laws Uganda inherited as part of the Commonwealth which allow LGBT people to be imprisoned for "un-natural acts" sadly still exist.
 
So not taking away from this MASSIVE victory, but asking all the supporters to please not relax in their support of LGBT Ugandans & their fight to be free."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/uganda-anti-gay-law-null-and-void

27/06/2014

Thursday 3 July - LISG Members at the Freedom Without Fear Platform, University of London.




Thursday 3 July - LISG Members Aderonke and Jacqueline are taking part in the Freedom Without Fear Platform at Birkbeck, University of London.   

The platform will bring diverse groups together to explore the experience of BME women struggling for justice and how BME women and women’s organisations can best get their voices heard.

LISG members will speak about the struggles women are facing with asylum and immigration systems, including detention centres run by private sector corporations and the surveillance and control non-British national women are increasingly subjected to. 

For more information check out the event Facebook page:

LISG members inform Inspection of the Home Office’s Handling of Asylum Claims based on Sexual Orientation




Earlier this month LISG members met with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to offer insight and feedback on their experiences of seeking sanctuary in the UK. 

The Inspection of the Home Office’s Handling of Asylum Claims based on Sexual Orientation is a direct commission from the Home Secretary. Our feedback will be incorporated into a report which will inform the way in which the Home Office handles asylum claims based on sexual orientation in the future.

Our members raised concerns regarding the way in which the Home Office conducts asylum interviews; the lack of information give about the process and the implications of each stage of an asylum claim; the culture of disbelief around seeking asylum based on sexuality – proportionately higher asylum rejection rates; how one tiny inconsistency given in an interview e.g. about a specific date will be jumped upon as evidence that the whole asylum claim is bogus; the use of detention centres where victims of gender violence are managed by male private sector guards; how women are left in detention centres for months and years.

We look forward to reading the report and hope that it will have a positive impact on Home Office practices and policies.


ORAM's LGBTI Refugee Project Portal


This looks really interesting, we’ve also added details to our Links page:
 
 
ORAM - the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration has launched an online portal to help official bodies and NGOs share approaches to protecting LGBTI refugees, and to adopt best practices in the face of rising persecution of LGBTI people globally.

The LGBTI Refugee Project Portal showcases projects and approaches that enhance the protection of LGBTI forced migrants in the areas of refugee status determination, policy development and research, practical protection measures and staff development.
Users can submit details of projects that will lead to better treatment of LGBTI refugees across the globe.
 
 

 

26/05/2014

Jamaica's Underground Gays

Last Friday Channel 4’s Unreported World documentary explored the growth of homophobic attacks in Jamaica. 'Jamaica's Underground Gays' focuses on a group of gay men and transwomen who live on the margins of society. Fleeing homophobia in their home communities they’ve banded together to gain strength in numbers. After being evicted from a series of squats, they now live a precarious existence in a storm drain.

The documentary is available to watch on 4OD until around 20 June. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/4od#3705272

The status of lesbians in Jamaica

There are no laws specifically targeting gay women in Jamaica; however lesbians and those women perceived to be gay face discrimination, stigma, harassment and abuse from the wider society.

Members of our support group, who fled Jamaica after suffering abuse at the hands of their local community, have spoken of how devastated they feel that their own country doesn’t want them just because of who they love.


J-Flag

J-Flag is a Jamaican social justice organisation which aims to challenge homophobia and perceptions about LGBT people. Check out its excellent ‘We Are Jamaicans’ video series http://jflag.org/programmes/we-are-jamaicans/

06/04/2014

8 April - Raise the Bar at Labels Soho

Hello Londoners

Tuesday 8 April pop down to Raise the Bar at Labels in Soho for an evening of music, & spoken word. 

Organisers Kisha DM, Claire Bennett & Trae Dud Smith aim to raise your spirits, and raise awareness of LISG. Entrance is free, donations are appreciated.

Claire Bennett's excellent research has highlighted issues faced by lesbian asylum seekers in the UK. Check out this article on her findings in The Independent.