Welcome to the Lesbian Immigration Support group website.
We are a group of women in Greater Manchester who are lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees and their supporters.
The group was set up in 2007 as an anti-deportation campaign for a lesbian from Sierra Leone. In February 2008 the campaign was successful and she was given leave to remain in Britain. Due to the high profile of this campaign more lesbian asylum seekers contacted the group during this time looking for support. We therefore decided to continue as a general support group for lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees.
The group now consists of several volunteers supporting over 15 refugees and asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan, Jamaica, Liberia, The Gambia, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa and Pakistan.
Many of the women contacting us did not feel able to be open generally about their sexuality. The group gives these women a place to be themselves with other lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers, refugees and supporters.
Our aims are:
- to provide a social network offering emotional support to lesbians and bisexual women currently applying for asylum and those refugees who have been granted leave to stay in the UK;
- to offer practical support and assistance to members with current asylum applications based on sexuality and to ensure that our members are treated equally and with dignity during the often inhuman asylum process.
If you would like to join, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial assessment meeting.