LGBTQI+,Asylum

Almost 80 countries criminalize same-sex relations, with punishment ranging from life imprisonment
to the death penalty. As a result, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+)
people are often in danger and forced to flee, becoming refugees or asylum seekers.

But discrimination often waits abroad. The video below, by Meredith Blake and Mădălina Bot,
describes the lengthy procedures, troubling interview process, and other issues in Austria today:

Explore Programs

If you’re looking for support – or looking to provide support for others – we’ve curated
great initiatives for LGBTQI+ people in refugee or asylum situations. Click to explore.

ORAM

ORAM

June 2, 2022

Iranian Railroad  for Queer Refugees

Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees

June 2, 2022

Rainbow Railroad

Rainbow Railroad

June 2, 2022

Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights Campaign

June 2, 2022

UNHCR

UNHCR

June 2, 2022

inreach

inreach

June 2, 2022

Rainbow Migration

Rainbow Migration

June 2, 2022

LGBT Asylum

LGBT Asylum

June 2, 2022

SDG Champions

The challenges of LGBTQI+ people in relation to refugee and asylum issues
cuts across multiple SDGs. Many thanks to Mădălina Bot and Meredith Blake
for providing the video and inspiration for this month’s SDG2030.me spotlight!

Meredith Blake

Meredith Blake

Mădălina Boț is pursuing an MA in International Relations at Central European University in Vienna and supports the communications strategy and implementation of the International Forum for Understanding and its various projects, such as MESPERO: Impact for Resilience and SDG2030.me. She is interested in the specificities of lived experience and human rights, which she has been exploring in various Romanian NGOs and as an intern of leading public institutions.

Mădălina Boț

Mădălina Boț

Mădălina Boț is pursuing an MA in International Relations at Central European University in Vienna and supports the communications strategy and implementation of the International Forum for Understanding and its various projects, such as MESPERO: Impact for Resilience and SDG2030.me. She is interested in the specificities of lived experience and human rights, which she has been exploring in various Romanian NGOs and as an intern of leading public institutions.

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