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”

LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people’s needs: safety, belonging and freedom from violence

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people have distinct experiences of forced displacement compared to non-LGBTIQ+ peers. The evidence of their ongoing persecution, of more severe and long-lasting victimisation and that perpetrators of violence are not only state actors but their families and communities is overwhelming.

LGBTIQ+ genocide has never stopped series

Attacks on LGBTIQ+ people in a refugee camp We’d like to introduce to you a blog post series ‘LGBTIQ+ genocide has never stopped’ where  we will be telling different stories from around the world. This post is about the attacks that LGBTIQ+ people are subjected to in a refugee camp.  Kakuma refugee camp is theContinue reading “LGBTIQ+ genocide has never stopped series”

Webinar: Breaking the Silence about LGBTIQ Refugees

On the 18th of June in the context of World Refugee Day and the Pride Month, Forcibly Displaced Network held a webinar titled Breaking the Silence About LGBTIQ+ Refugees.  We aimed to discuss the experiences of LGBTIQ+ forced displacements that often fall off the agenda and offer action points for those wanting to support these communities.Continue reading “Webinar: Breaking the Silence about LGBTIQ Refugees”

What can an ally to LGBTIQ+ refugees do?

Learn about the plight of LGBTIQ+ refugees You can become a refugee for simply being an LGBTIQ+ person. There are over 70 countries in the world that criminalise and persecute LGBTIQ+ people. Violence, abuse, discrimination and injustices are perpetrated not only by states but also often family and society. LGBTIQ+ women are subjected to forcedContinue reading “What can an ally to LGBTIQ+ refugees do?”

Indifference, the second most powerful weapon against LGBTIQ+ people

We talk a lot about homophobia and transphobia being the first weapon against LGBTIQ persons. We rarely hear about the second most powerful weapon against LGBTIQ forcibly displaced people which is indifference.  This week marked 40 days since Sarah Hegazy took her own life.   Sarah Hegazi was kidnapped by Egyptian secret services charged with terrorism,Continue reading “Indifference, the second most powerful weapon against LGBTIQ+ people”

Displaced, disconnected, disregarded: the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum in Australia

Originally published by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, July 20, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, quarantine and a general change in the way we live our lives have impacted everyone in Australia, but some more than others. The pandemic has magnified existing inequalities and structural barriers to services and support. This has beenContinue reading “Displaced, disconnected, disregarded: the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum in Australia”

LGBTIQ genocide has never stopped

Documentary film Welcome To Chechnya is not only about Russia. It is a very common story.LGBTIQ genocide has never stopped after concentration camps. Several important wins with marriage equality and antidiscrimination law did not stop it either. As a matter of fact, around the world, we continue to be prosecuted, tortured and killed. Welcome to ChechnyaContinue reading “LGBTIQ genocide has never stopped”

Broken Promise of Safety

The original of this post was published for It’s Not a Compliment. I grew up in a country where rigid gender stereotypes, sexual harassment and violence against women were normalised. When I was in year 3, we had an end of year dance at school. Two boys started a fight, unable to choose who wouldContinue reading “Broken Promise of Safety”