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:
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.
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!
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.
Meredith Blake is an MA candidate in International Relations at Central European University in Vienna, Austria. She previously worked as the Research Coordinator for the Gender, Rights and Resilience and Advanced Training on Humanitarian Action programs at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University where she was the executive producer and host of the Harvard Humanitarian Assistance Podcast. She was a 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow in Warsaw, Poland and has worked on humanitarian and human rights challenges across Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.