Monday, 23 June 2008

Great support for gay immigration group

Source: UKLGIG

Sir Ian McKellan and other illustrious guests support UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group fund raising evening

At a fund raising evening held on Friday 20 June, an illustrious group gathered to support UKLGIGs work on behalf of LGBT asylum seekers and same sex bi-national couples.

Sir Ian McKellan, Michael Cashman MEP, Evan Harris MP, Simon Hughes MP and Ben Summerskill spoke to an audience of over 100 people, emphasising the pressing need to help LGBT asylum seekers in the UK and also the need to change attitudes towards LGBT people around the world.

Sebastian Rocca, Executive Director of UKLGIG said: We are extremely grateful to be able to call upon the support of such inspirational people. Despite the constant pressure of raising funds, we will not only continue our very successful work in helping LGBT people obtain the sanctuary they deserve, but also ensure that LGBT issues are always considered and included in the Home Office agenda.

The evening was rounded off with moving testimony from an Iranian gay and a Jamaican lesbian asylum seeker, comedy from TetraFlap (a lesbian comedy duo) and a performance from Ngati Ranana London Maori Club.

Over the last year, UKLGIG has helped more than 200 LGBT asylum seekers by providing information on the asylum process, finding expert legal representation, providing research and a safe environment for mutual support and has continued to give support to bi-national same sex couples.


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