We've been contacting you a lot this month, but this is such an important cause. For LGBTIQA+ refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia, finding safe housing, inclusive health services, and a community that accepts them is an ongoing struggle.
One of the people who we are working with is Tina, who was forced to seek asylum in Australia and is now a part of our refugee working group. Here is what she had to say:
"For people who are queer and have experienced forced displacement survival is ongoing. Often we are told that it must feel so free and safe to be a queer person in Australia. I want to share some examples of what it means.
This is not safety when a queer woman wants to access queer-friendly counselling but they tell her that it is too complicated to work with interpreters so they cannot take her in.
This is not safety when a queer woman has to hide her relationships at work because as before her safety depends on being discreet even in Australia.
This is not safety when there is no community to belong to because you are neither welcome in LGBTIQ community nor in refugee one."
With your support, we can work with people like Tina to make sure LGBTIQA+ refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia have access to inclusive services and a supportive community.
If you're in a position where you can give, please donate today.