Category Archives: Global Equality

Trump and LGBTQ Asylum

Trump and LGBT Asylum

Thousands of LGBTQ individuals come to the United States every year seeking political asylum. They come from countries where they face violence and persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. How will Donald Trump as President impact LGBT asylum seekers?  Maria Blacque-Belair From RIF (Refugee and Immigrant Fund) consulted with some immigration attorneys and here are some initial […]

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36 LGBTQ Organizations Call on President Obama to Stop the Raids, Provide Immediate Relief to Immigrants

LGBT Groups say Stop the RAIDS

On January 14th, 36 national and local organizations representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people sent a letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security calling for an immediate end to the Administration’s heavy-handed and immoral immigration raids , which have sparked a new wave of terror in immigrant communities across the country. The groups also called on […]

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Protecting LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Protecting LGBTI Asylum Seekers

IOM and UNHCR have released a comprehensive training package on the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons, migrants and stateless persons. The need to ensure that the rights of LGBTI people are respected has recently received increased attention and support from UN agencies, States, and the broader humanitarian and human rights community. […]

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New Guide to Supporting LGBT Asylum Seekers

Guide to Supporting LGBT Asylum Seekers

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with the LGBT Freedom and Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN), and the National LGBTQ Task Force, recently announced an essential new guide, Stronger Together: a Guide to Supporting LGBT Asylum Seekers, during an event at HRC’s Equality Center. Stronger Together provides crucial advice and guidance to service providers working with LGBT asylum seekers coming to […]

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LGBT Asylum Group Expands Scope & Changes Name

LGBT Freedom Asylum Network

A recent Associated Press story reveals LGBT people from around the world are seeking asylum in the United States in growing numbers. For example, asylum seekers from Russia are up 34%; many are LGBT persons fearing for their lives.  The diversity of groups supporting LGBT asylum seekers is also growing. To reflect this reality, the LGBT Faith and Asylum Network […]

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A Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia


May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).  It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. Since then the Day has grown in both scope and depth. In 2013, actions around the International Day Against […]

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