- We strongly recommend that you seek the help of a lawyer for your asylum claim. You can find a list of lawyers here.
- You can also attend one of UKLGIG’s monthly asylum meetings to hear information on the asylum process from volunteer lawyers.
- Information on the process is also available on our asylum overview and asylum procedure pages.
If you have a question about your asylum case which has not been answered at one of our monthly meetings or you are not able to attend a meeting, our Legal Officer can provide one-off advice. The advice is confidential and independent. We will keep some records of your case but these will not be released to anyone else without your permission.
If you wish to speak to the Legal Officer, see contact details here.
We do not have a drop in advice service at our office. Please do not attend the office hoping to speak to someone without an agreed appointment.
The Legal Officer is also able to give some second tier advice to Legal Representatives seeking advice on any aspect of an asylum case based on sexual orientation or gender identity. They can also provide advice to other organisations who are supporting an LGBTQI+ asylum seeker.
UKLGIG provides one-to-one support and peer support groups for the most vulnerable LGBTQI+
asylum seekers. Please come to one of our monthly asylum meetings to register your interest. You will hear from us within two weeks of the meeting if we are able to help. Sadly, we cannot help everyone who needs our assistance.
UKLGIG also visits LGBTQI+ asylum seekers in Yarl’s Wood, Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration removal centres. If you would like a visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number, or call 020 7922 7811.
Stop Hate UK
A charity providing independent and confidential reporting services for people affected by Hate Crime including those motivated by hostility towards your disability; race, ethnicity or nationality; religion, faith or belief; sexual orientation or gender identity.
You can report 24 hours a day by phone 0800 138 1625, SMS 07717 989 025
or on the website www.stophateuk.org The services cover several areas of the UK including some London Boroughs. The full list can be found on the website.
Other sources of support
Micro Rainbow International (MRI)
MRI provides therapeutic and social inclusion activities for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
• We have an LGBTI choir, theatre group and dance group. We are committed to using the arts and creativity to heal trauma from the asylum process. Our aim is to explore our full identities.
• We have a number of tailored support groups for refugees including life coaching, employability workshops and one to one support while navigating life after seeking asylum.
• Our safe housing programme provides temporary accommodation for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
Note: we do not offer legal advice for asylum seekers but do offer peer support.
Contact us: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outcome at Islington Mind
Outcome is Islington Mind’s LGBTQ+ service. Our project – Freedom from Fear to Love – offers people seeking asylum an individual support package based on a personalised needs assessment, offering support with the challenges of settling in the UK, including companion support to critical appointments, such as home office interviews, hearings and health related appointments. For those who win their cases, we are also offering support in the transition from seeking asylum to becoming a refugee, such as support with benefits and employment activities. In addition clients can access Outcome for emotional and mental health support, peer support, and to be able to socialise in a safe LGBTQ+ only therapeutic space. People can just come along and self refer, or ring ahead if they prefer to make an appointment.
When: Tuesdays 10.30 – 16.00
Where: 35 Ashley Rd, N19 3AG
Phone: 0207 272 5038
Asylum Seekers Social
Address: Birmingham LGBT Centre 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ
Group meets: 3rd Friday of the month from 1 – 4pm.
Info: Just turn up.
Rainbows Across Borders
Address: CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB
Group meets: First Friday of the month at 1pm.
Address: The Unity Centre Glasgow, 30 Ibrox Street, Glasgow G51 1AQ (Mon – Fri)
Group meets: Bi-weekly at LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 12 Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow 6pm-8pm.
Info: This is a closed group and requires referral through Unity Centre or the Scottish Refugee Council. http://unitycentreglasgow.org/about-the-unity-centre/
African Rainbow Family (ARF)
ARF is a not-for-profit organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage. ARF provides:
1) Support to LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum
2) Stand against hate crimes
3) Support to communities who face harassment, hate crimes and discrimination because of their sexuality, sexual preferences or transphobia.
Meeting address: Yorkshire MESMAC Leeds, 22-23 Blayds Yard, Leeds. LS1 4AD
Contact: +44(0)7711 285567 or email@example.com
or through https://africanrainbowfamily.org/
Lesbian Immigration Support Group
Practical and social support for lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum seeking women and their supporters.
Address: The Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson St, Manchester, M13 9WP
Group meets: We have closed monthly group meetings. Potential members please call.
Contact: 07503 351922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KAIROS – Nottingham Lesbian Immigration Support Group
We are a friendly and supportive group of lesbian and bi women incl. asylum seekers, refugees and their supporters in the local community. We offer help and support through the asylum application process.
Group meets: Please phone or email for more information
Contact: 07938 556788 or email@example.com
LASS – Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield
Support group for self identifying LBTQ women and non binary people who are also seeking asylum or are refugees in Sheffield. We also run outreach activities and trips for service users.
Address: c/o Together Women Project, 106 Arundel Lane, Sheffield S1 4RF
Group meets: First Thursday of the month from 6 – 8pm.
Contact: 07522 956284 firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @lassheffield
or find us on Facebook at Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield.