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”

Australian Government COVID announcements and people seeking asylum

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic the government has announced several measures to support people during this time. We analysed them to see if people seeking asylum are eligible to access support.   People seeking asylum are those who have applied for protection visa with the Department of Home Affairs and are waiting for the outcome.Continue reading “Australian Government COVID announcements and people seeking asylum”

Resources for LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis that we are all dealing with at the moment. Yet some members of our communities find themselves in much more difficult and precarious circumstances. People seeking asylum in their majority are not eligible for Centrelink payments and many do not have access to Medicare. Many areContinue reading “Resources for LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees on COVID-19”