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2nd March, 2018 update
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex + (LGBTQI+) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to come here to be with their partners.
Around the world more than 70 countries consider homosexuality illegal, in five of these the death penalty can apply. Moreover, the persecution experienced by LGBQTI+ people goes well beyond any official prosecutions. The violence, humiliation, inequality and discrimination many LGBT people face, can be enacted by state officials, but is also often experienced within their own communities and families without any recourse to protection. UKLGIG assists LGBTQI+ people seeking a safe haven from persecution, and supports LGBTQI+ activists who are working to change the attitudes and legislation in their home countries.
Our asylum related activities include:
Supporting LGBT asylum seekers: providing emotional support & legal information referring to solicitors; visiting detention centres and running other social support projects.
Research & Policy: working to ensure LGBTQI+ people are treated equally and with dignity in the asylum process; seeking to improve the quality of Home Office decision making and seeking an end to the detention of LGBTQI+ people.
Training & Information: providing training and information on LGBTQI+ asylum issues.
We also continue providing support and information to LGBTQI+ people seeking to settle in the UK with their partners, via our website, an online forum and a monthly meeting.