In 76 countries homosexuality is illegal. About 1,500 LGBTI refugees from those countries come to the UK every year. When they come to the UK they are still not safe.
Like Mary, a lesbian from Nigeria, and Amir, a gay man from Syria. Because of their sexuality, they:
were abusedin refugee accommodation by other homophobic refugees
became homeless and depressed
were rejected by their ethnic community and lived in poverty and isolation
Trans people often face even more extreme violence.
Become an Ally
Providing LGBTI refugees with a safe space to live is essential, but it is not the whole solution to integration. It is also essential to create opportunities for training and employment and to reduce isolation. With your support, Micro Rainbow will provide such opportunities.
As one of our Allies, every year you will contribute to pay:
for emergency accommodation for those LGBTI people who are street homeless and in urgent need of housing. It costs £25 to provide one night of emergency housing;
some of the utility bills for providing safe housing for an LGBTI person seeking safety. It costs £20 a month to pay for gas and electricity for each person we house and £50 a month to pay for all utilities and bills;
for transport for a refugee to attend Micro Rainbow’s employability workshops or job interviews. It costs up to £10 per person to create such opportunity.
To become an Ally, choose a donation plan that suits you: