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New Social Media Campaign Highlights LGBT Refugees and the Challenges They Face: PHOTOS

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As part of Human Rights Day, which was celebrated across the world yesterday, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) has launched a photographic ad campaign that features the most popular Google search terms related to queer refugees. ORAM hopes that this campaign will highlight the persistent exclusion and challenges that these refugees encounter while on their journey to safety.

Said ORAM founder and Executive Director Neil Grungras:

"In the fight for civil and human rights, and during the HIV/AIDS crisis, LGBTI people and their allies stepped forward to speak up and help out. When our Russian, Ugandan, Hondurna sisters and brothers run for their lives, we must step forward again to make sure they find safe haven. We hope people will be inspired to support ORAM's work to advocate for LGBTI refugees around the world."

ORAM is asking advocates and allies to help spread the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LGBTIrefugees.

Check out the photos from the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay Refugee

Lesbian refugee

Transgender refugee

 

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  1. I think that LGBT people, except those whose lives are in immediate danger, should stay in their own countries and fight for their equality and freedom. Cuba today would probably not still be under the control of the Castro authoritarians, if all those Cubans had not fled to the safety of the USA, but had stayed in Cuba and fought for their freedoms. One of the ways to guarantee that backward nations remain backward is to allow all progressives to come to the safety of America and Europe.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 11, 2013 6:46:02 PM


  2. Totally agree, Andrew. It's easy to type this from the comfort of my Western home, but if people never fight, nothing will EVER change. EVER. Homophobia will run rampant for eternity, and gays will perpetually turn to the West for asylum.

    Sure, we should have compassion, but we can't be the answer to the world's problems all the time.

    Posted by: Tito | Dec 11, 2013 7:29:43 PM


  3. I'm all for letting gay people come from places where they could be killed. Asylum seekers have valid reasons for why they NEED to leave. I also understand the idea that there also needs to be a homegrown movement in antigay countries against draconian antigay laws - but that takes the co-operation of straight people as well.

    Posted by: Ytr | Dec 11, 2013 7:35:58 PM


  4. I really feel for those LGTB people who are persecuted or that has to live in fear or simply has to sacrifice their happiness to portrait a fake reality. They are more than welcome to Argentina, my country, whenever they want. Even if Argentina has not a prime economy to offer there are not issues with sexual orientation generally speaking. Uruguay, our brother country, is as much welcoming. If the refugees want to immigrate only to First World countries, well, maybe other factors are involved. I am worried for those that could be falsely claim to be LGB –as it is something difficult to prove- occupying the place or real persecuted LGTB people, or even make it harder for the real ones to make an acceptable case. Economical migration is a real reason behind many Asylum seekers who opt for the more developed countries, so in this case the issue can arise too.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUHT | Dec 11, 2013 8:13:24 PM


  5. as concerned as i am about the status of glbt asylum seekers, i don't want to repost these posters because they are confusing at best, and counter productive at worst. this is not good design, what were they thinking.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Dec 11, 2013 8:27:50 PM


  6. its bad enough I am grouped with transsexuals but why am I now being lumped in with intersex.

    sorry but someone needs to tell them their hashtag is too damn long. how about we lose most of the letters and just be #gayrefugees

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Dec 11, 2013 8:48:32 PM


  7. @Homo Genius

    Get over yourself.

    Posted by: Ytr | Dec 11, 2013 9:49:42 PM


  8. I live in one of the most economically developed and politically stable countries in the world (the UK) and it seems that people here have the same attitude as Americans, the French and Germans i.e. "We want to keep all this to ourselves. We don't want to share." How can people be so selfish? The vast majority of asylum-seekers are fleeing circumstances so dreadful that they risk their lives to get here. Either that or it is a life or death choice itself. We shouldn't begrudge even economic migrants for wanting a better life for their families. I remember before the financial crash that a kid who left school at 16 (normal age) with half decent grades could walk into a low level office job with decent pay with no problems. No-one wanted to be cleaners or bin men or work in McDonald's when they could sit at a desk all day. The only people willing to do that sort of unskilled labour were migrant workers. In general we weren't even grateful for them then an now that everyone needs a job and these guys are still in the jobs that nobody wanted, everyone's like "Waaaah, they've taken all our jobs! Deport all these immigrants!"

    What really p-sses me off though is that people think they deserve everything they get from being born in a developed nation? What makes YOU more deserving of decent healthcare, food in your stomach, a roof over your head, an education, a chance at a happy and fulfilled life over any other person on this planet? Because you won the birth lottery and were born on US/UK soil?? Why don't you stop whining, be grateful for what you do have and learn to be compassionate and unselfish about sharing in the wealth!

    Posted by: Jack Ford | Dec 12, 2013 11:14:29 AM


  9. "One of the ways to guarantee that backward nations remain backward is to allow all progressives to come to the safety of America and Europe."

    This isn't true, in the modern world governments can pressure other countries to change laws and promote change. Becoming a martyr isn't the only way to change a country.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Dec 12, 2013 1:27:34 PM


  10. So grateful Towleroad was willing to share this, and thank you for the lively commentary. Some food for thought...

    * All nations are required by international law, and by plain ethics, to take in refugees whose home countries won't or can't protect their lives and basic rights.

    * Staying home and building a life, or--for activists--continuing the struggle, is exactly what LGBTI refugees want more than anything. If they make the difficult choice to flee, it's because staying would have meant their destruction.

    * Asylum and refugee status are only available to people who can prove a well-founded fear of persecution. It's actually very difficult to achieve this status.

    * At heart, we are talking about gender-based violence: refugee LGBs, Ts, and Is, are all vulnerable to attack or discrimination when they cannot or will not conform to their community's norms about gender expression. No one gets left out of the violence, so no one gets left out of the acronym.

    Thanks again!

    Posted by: Leila Roberts | Dec 13, 2013 2:21:55 PM


  11. So grateful Towleroad was willing to share this, and thank you for the lively commentary. Some food for thought...

    * All nations are required by international law, and by plain ethics, to take in refugees whose home countries won't or can't protect their lives and basic rights.

    * Staying home and building a life, or--for activists--continuing the struggle, is exactly what LGBTI refugees want more than anything. If they make the difficult choice to flee, it's because staying would have meant their destruction.

    * Asylum and refugee status are only available to people who can prove a well-founded fear of persecution. It's actually very difficult to achieve this status.

    * At heart, we are talking about gender-based violence: refugee LGBs, Ts, and Is, are all vulnerable to attack or discrimination when they cannot or will not conform to their community's norms about gender expression. No one gets left out of the violence, so no one gets left out of the acronym.

    Thanks again!

    Posted by: Leila Roberts | Dec 13, 2013 2:21:57 PM


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