Saturday 25 July, join us at resilience! Festival of Solidarity....

Saturday 25 July, join us at resilience! Festival of Solidarity....
...A family-friendly day of culture, art & music in a converted silk mill in Ancoats.



Conference programme - Silence to Solidarity - 9 July

A PDF version is also available at the following link to download.

Conference tickets are available at the following Eventbrite link


UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group http://uklgig.org.uk/
UKLGIG is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner. The UKLGIG website has a wealth of resources and guidance on the asylum system and procedure.  They operate a helpline 020 7922 7811 – Monday to Friday, during office hours

No Going Back (Leeds) http://nogoingback.org.uk/ We are here to provide support and legal representation to people who are seeking asylum in the UK because they fear persecution in their own country due to their sexual orientation. We offer them free legal advice for their asylum claims. We also commission experts to produce reports to help individual cases and to highlight problems in particular countries.

Right to Remain  http://righttoremain.org.uk/ Right to Remain is a national human rights organisation, working to build a strong movement for the right to remain in the UK. We work with groups across the UK supporting migrants to establish their right to remain with dignity, safety and humanity, and to challenge the injustice of the immigration and asylum system.

Keelin McCarthy (Barrister, Lamb Building) Keelin practises in all areas of asylum, immigration and nationality law, as well as related human rights, public, civil and family law. Keelin is an experienced teacher and regularly conducts training on asylum, immigration and judicial review for solicitors and law centres. She is a regular trainer on human rights law for HJT Training. She has recently lectured on unlawful detention, EU free movement, human trafficking, the rights and best interests of the child, and the Points Based System. http://www.lambbuilding.co.uk/members/profile.php?id=90


Well, next Thursday it's our conference, Silence to Solidarity .....

**Thursday 9 July - our conference - from Silence to Solidarity**

***Well, next Thursday it's our conference, Silence to Solidarity exploring how to support lesbian and bisexual women asylum seekers. We've had bookings from people from a variety of backgrounds and sectors and we're excited to meet everyone.***

If you're planning on coming please visit our Eventbrite link to book your place.

LGBT asylum seekers flee from persecution from community & family members as well as state officials and anti-gay legislation. Lesbian and bisexual women face an additional layer of gender discrimination in their countries of origin which influences their experience seeking asylum in the UK.

Many countries which outlaw homosexuality also subject women to extremely conservative codes of behaviour. There are incredible cultural, practical and financial barriers to women supporting themselves independently; they are essentially unable to exist safely in the community without the protection of a male relative.

It is not uncommon for women who are claiming asylum on the basis of being gay to have been married to men, and had children.  Having followed heterosexual rites of passage in their country of origin, once in Britain these women face enormous barriers to proving to civil servants that they are gay. But what choice did they have in countries where threatening family honour carries a real risk of harm, and there are no laws to protect women from forced marriage and marital rape.

Would you be gay enough for the Home Office? - check out The Mirror's online quiz 'Does the Home Office think you’re gay?' http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/home-office-think-youre-gay-5280895

The sexual orientation of some women is not fixed. They may be bisexual, or they may establish a relationship with a woman late in life. Mary Portas was married to a man for 13 years and has two children, but is now in a relationship with a woman. If she was Ugandan and seeking asylum on the basis of sexuality would she be granted asylum?


BBC Womans Hour - interview with Mahya

For Refugee Week BBC Woman's Hour featured interviews with some fantastic, inspiring women.

There was a moving interview with Mahya, a young lesbian woman who's afraid to return to her native Iran, a country where homosexuality is illegal. 

You can catch it online here: