09/12/2014

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:  http://www.humandignitytrust.org/pages/ABOUT%20US

07/12/2014

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.