UK detention centres offer LGBT asylum seekers “No Safe Refuge” say Stonewall

On Oct 26, 2016 Gay Times reported: UK detention offers little sanctuary from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse according to new research from the LGBT charity and the UKLGIG.

The UK’s ability to process and protect LGBT asylum seekers has received major criticism from LGBT charity Stonewall and the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group [UKLGIG] in a new report.

No Safe Refuge – which was published today reveals the everyday discrimination and violence that LGBT asylum seekers can face through 22 in-depth interviews with detainees.

“Those who are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity often experience harassment and abuse from other detainees,” the report explains. “Many feel forced to hide their sexual orientation and gender identity while in detention as they fear bullying and discrimination.”

The report also highlights the difficulties trans asylum seekers face in the system – with one trans interviewee telling researchers she was “placed in multiple male detention centres,” despite making clear that she identifies as a woman.

Read more and see the link of the report at UK detention centres offer LGBT asylum seekers “No Safe Refuge” say Stonewall – Gay Times

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