- Sanctuary: changes needed within the process of claiming asylum
- Safety: changes needed in the way LGBT asylum seekers are supported and made to feel safe
- Solidarity: changes needed to raise awareness of the issues faced by LGBT asylum seekers and to improve the way people work together to bring about lasting change
9.30 – 10.00 Registration Tea and coffee
10.00 Introduction and welcome
Tim Hopkins Equality Network, Alison Phipps Gramnet, Rami Ousta BEMIS
10.15 Research Presentation – Tim Cowen, Everyone IN
11.00 Personal Testimony – Maxwell T.
11.30 Workshop discussion groups
(A) A culture of disbelief?
Tim Cowen, Kirsty Magahy Everyone IN
Many LGBT asylum seekers’ claims are refused as the UKBA do not believe that they are gay. How can we best support people in this situation? Is there a wider culture of disbelief within the asylum process and, if so how can we best raise awareness of problems faced by LGBT asylum seekers and refugees?
(B) Flourishing, not just surviving
Sam Rankin, Maxwell T. Everyone IN
LGBT asylum seekers in Scotland are often very socially isolated. Due to fears about being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity it can be very difficult to access support. How can we best break down these barriers and ensure all services and community groups are inclusive and welcoming?
(C) Safety and Solidarity
Kendra Straus, Gramnet
How does the asylum support system impact on LGBT asylum seekers? Does living in poverty and coming under pressure to ‘prove you are gay’ place asylum seekers at risk of sexual exploitation? Is there more we could be doing to campaign for a fairer system of support?
12.40 Feedback and Next Steps
1.00 – 2.00 Networking Lunch
- To book a place email Sam Rankin firstname.lastname@example.org
- The event is free.
- For more information about Equality Network's work on LGBT asylum contact Tim Cowen timc@equality-network