We are delighted to welcome aboard our new Member, Queer Diaspora Ireland, a project that aims to provide information about all the organisations and initiatives that work with asylum seekers, refugees and/or LGBTI individuals. Queer Diaspora Ireland seeks to facilitate the creation of an intersectional community where everyone feels welcome, protected and engaged in local organising. Check out their FB page by clicking the above link or find out more about their work here: http://queerdiaspora.com/
The day was divided into two sections; the first a conversation between the attendees of the problems and issues that arise for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, and possible ways to address them. The second was an introduction and discussion by representatives of support groups and activists from across Europe who spoke about their own modes of practice and both the unique and universal problems in battling bureaucracy.
The Irish LGBT+ community stands in solidarity with our LGBT+ family in Chechnya.
We condemn the escalating violence against LGBT+ people and urge An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to publicly condemn the anti-LGBT+ crackdown. The Irish Government must raise this issue at the highest possible level with Russian leaders and call for an immediate end to this harrowing persecution. The Irish government needs to live up to its international protection obligations to recognise and protect Chechen refugees who reach Ireland, as well as using its full consular influence, facilities and resources to support The Russian LGBT+ Network in its vital work in Russia and the region at this time in affording safe options to those at risk. We call for the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic
Statement signed by Irish LGBT+ organisations from across the country
LGBT support services for young people in Ireland. The over-18s group (age 18-23) meets every second Tuesday from 6-8pm. Ladybirds is a group for LGBT women aged 14-23 that meets every second Thursday 6-8pm. BeLonG To had also run a safe space service for asylum seekers.
Outhouse – offers an LGBT café, library and performance space that runs support groups, Come Rhyme With Me poetry nights, Girls Night In, film club, and drama groups. They also provide a free counselling service and free Personal Development and Assertiveness courses for gay and bisexual men. On the third Saturday of every month from 1:30pm they run a free STI testing for those who have no symptoms but would like a check-up. Staff at reception also provide information and referrals to other services, and there are free condoms and lube. The Café has wifi access and a noticeboard kept up-to-date with events and activities in the community.
Operates a free, confidential and non-judgemental drop in information and support service in Dublin. The service operates on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. An appointment is not necessary.