Thank you very much to everyone who came out last night to HOME MCR to support and celebrate with us the Refugee day.
 It was indeed a great day. Also a big thank you  to Maggy for the touching speech. We also had a lovely time during the workshop as we made different kinds of protesting banners. 


Journeys 2018 Queer Cafe Takeover -HOME


Journeys 2018 Queer Café Takeover

ArtReach through Journeys 2018 have teamed up with Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) to bring you an evening celebrating diversity and the rights of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester, through live music from young Eritrean singer Neda Naser, great art, craft activities and a quiz.
Imagine fleeing persecution in your home country only to arrive in the UK and have to face challenges to your identity in the form of interrogations from Home Office officials. This is the reality for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers when they arrive in the UK.
Join us to celebrate the inclusion of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees from all backgrounds in Manchester’s society, but also raise awareness of issues facing them through the process.
Take part in our quiz to help find out what you know and learn something new! Take a stand and ‘Protest for Diversity’ with Gil Doron’s placard making workshop and photoshoot, all to the sound track of some fantastic live music, with plenty of resources available for you to find out more about these issues.



We would like to invite all women to come and join us at Todmorden for a women's event organised by the Valley sisters. If you wold like to have fun or relax, this is the place to be on the 28th of July  2018. There will also be fundraising for L.I.S.G. For more information please see the flier below. 


 LISG Members attending their May monthly meeting held at the  PANKHURST CENTRE 


Unfortunately unable to accept new members at present

Due to capacity issues, we are unfortunately unable to accept new members at present. We will post an update when we are open again to new members.

Please note the following organisations offer support to asylum seekers in Manchester:

  African Rainbow Family (ARF) https://africanrainbowfamily.org/ is a non-for-profit organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage. It was established in the wake of the toxic and draconian anti-gay laws, persecutions and environment which seek to criminalise LGBTIQs for the preference of whom they choose to love. ARF provides:
·         Support LGBTIQ Refugees and People Seeking Asylum
·         Campaigning For Global LGBTIQ Equality
·         Stand Against Hate Crimes
·         Support communities who face constant harassment, hate crimes and discrimination heaped on them by an ignorant society because of their sexuality or sexual preferences as well as transphobia

First Wednesday
Meetings of the First Wednesday group for LGBT asylum seekers take place at the LGBT Foundation from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Offer friendship, support and encouragement, and guidance on where you can receive further support.

Women Asylum Seekers Together http://www.wast.org.uk/what-is-wast/ 
  • Providing a safe and secure women only space and a source of support for each other, social and emotional
  • Empowerment for one another, sharing knowledge and information, skills and experiences.
  • Helping each other take forward our asylum applications and run campaigns.
  • Promoting and improving our skills and experience.
  • Involving ourselves in organisational and community development activities and networking with other groups.
  • Raising awareness and lobbying on Women’s Asylum issues.
  • Promoting a positive image of asylum seekers.

For information on further sources of support, please visit the following page on our website: LGBT asylum - useful information & support organisations


Solidarity with the women at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre

Solidarity with the women at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre. Over a hundred women are on hunger strike there due to the inhumane conditions.
Many of our members have been detained there over the years, without rhyme nor reason, some multiple times. These women have then gone on to be granted leave to remain in the UK.
Check out the Detained Voices blog for updates https://detainedvoices.com/tag/yarls-wood/ 


LGBT history month

Had a great day at Working Class Movement Library in Salford for LGBT history month talks. Thanks for making us so welcome. 
Betty & Magadaline spoke about issues faced by lesbian women in their countries of origin & issued they face seeking asylum in the UK. On one hand there is the joy of going to LGBT events & meeting others. But the pain of being disbelieved by Home Office, of homelessness.
It was great to meet writer & historian Jane Traies who was speaking about life in 1960s & 70s for lesbians in the UK. There was isolation, many women who loved women just married men due to stigma & family pressure. Lesbian women has their kids taken away, lost their jobs, had medical interventions to make them straight.
Betty said she was so happy to be amongst some older lesbians for a change 

THANK YOU to the organisers of HER MCR club night at Tribecca who were raising money for us at their Anti Valentines event. We had a great time, what a great atmosphere!