In 78 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 Algeria. Because of their sexuality, they:

  • were abused in refugee accommodation by other homophobic refugees
  • became homeless and depressed
  • were rejected by their ethnic community and lived in poverty

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, employment and self-employment. With your support, MRI will provide such opportunities.

As one of our Allies, every year you will:

  • pay some of the utility bills for providing safe housing for an LGBTI refugee
  • pay for transport for a refugee to attend MRI’s employability workshops or job interviews
  • pay for the delivery of small business training to dozens of LGBTI people in Cambodia and Brazil who havebeen rejected by their families and communities and live in poverty

To become an Ally, choose a donation plan that suits you:

Regular donation plans

One-off donations

If you want to support MRI but you cannot commit to a regular donation, you can make a one-off donation in:

If you want to send us a cheque or pay by bank transfer, please email us.

Thank you for supporting LGBTI equality!

The MRI team

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