70 years of Refugee Convention: who is left behind?

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention. For the past 70 years, thanks to the international human rights law displaced people have been getting access to safety and protection. But who is left behind?  While LGBTIQ+ people who are subjected to persecution can seek asylum and get a refugee status, theContinue reading “70 years of Refugee Convention: who is left behind?”

Another life is taken: statement on the death of an LGBTIQ+ refugee in Kakuma camp

April 13, 2021 Forcibly Displaced People Network (FDPN) condemns all targeted and hate based violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) asylum seekers and refugees currently stranded in refugee camps and similar temporary accommodation across the world.  FDPN was made aware through a media statement by UNHCR in Kenya that an LGBTIQ+Continue reading “Another life is taken: statement on the death of an LGBTIQ+ refugee in Kakuma camp”

Visibility without acceptance: the transgender people of colour dilemma

As we celebrate the TGDoV this 31st March, in 2021 already at least 15 transgender person of colour have been killed. The 2019 marked the deadliest year with 331 trans and gender diverse people death.[i] This number is likely to be much higher because in most countries, data on murdered trans and gender-diverse people are not systematicallyContinue reading “Visibility without acceptance: the transgender people of colour dilemma”

Let’s end violence against LGBTIQ+ people

Today, November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  On this day we want to bring attention to ever rising rates of violence that women experience globally. Sexual and gender-based violence is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships. In most cases violence isContinue reading “Let’s end violence against LGBTIQ+ people”

No safety in sight: Forgotten LGBTIQ asylum seekers in Turkey

Turkey has been a transition country for many asylum seekers for decades. The process requires applying for refugee status at the UN office in Ankara. After the first announcement, a refugee is assigned to a city in Turkey, in which they need to stay until the final decision on their cases. Nowadays, this process canContinue reading “No safety in sight: Forgotten LGBTIQ asylum seekers in Turkey”

Muslim trans people should reclaim their visibility through intersectionality and decoloniality

Transgender history in a broader sense of gender variance has existed in cultures worldwide since ancient times. As early as the Iron Age period, archaeologists discovered the evidence of a transgender warrior in southern Russia. They’ve found ‘reliable molecular genetic data’ indicating that she was born ‘male’. In the earliest civilizations throughout Europe, Asia, the MiddleContinue reading “Muslim trans people should reclaim their visibility through intersectionality and decoloniality”

Speakers’ corner at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum

Refugee Women Organising: Identifying protection needs, building solidarity, working towards solutions Presented by Tina Dixson (refugee co-sponsor, PhD Candidate ANU) and Renee Dixson (PhD Candidate ANU) [speech transcript]  In many countries, for LGBTIQ people fear for their life is a daily experience. 30% of UN member states legally discriminate LGBTIQ people, in 11 countries death penalty is inContinue reading “Speakers’ corner at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In this post we gather all relevant links to help our lesbian, bi, queer women, trans women and men, intersex and non-binary people to stay healthy and find inclusive information about breast cancer.  We know that our communities have much lower screening rates. For those who have experienced forcedContinue reading “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

Celebrating International Lesbian Day

LGBTIQ+ History Month Series Today is International Lesbian Day. So it’s fitting that the first post of our series for LGBTIQ+ History Month should feature two queer women – Tina Dixson and Andrea M. Ayala, two incredible activists who have dedicated to working towards the visibility of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people. Words hold enormous power.Continue reading “Celebrating International Lesbian Day”