Shrouk El-Attar is an Egyptian LGBT+ Rights Activist who has been living in Wales since 2007. They were forced to claim asylum in the UK following a series of events.
Growing up Queer to a Conservative Muslim family in Mubarak's Egypt is not easy. And when finally thought to have reached safety in the UK, the term "Safety" could not have been further from the truth. Shrouk's involvement in the Egyptian LGBT+ scene is undoubtedly dangerous, yet their experience of how the UK treats queer refugees poses new unexpected challenges.
Shrouk will share their story about being a queer refugee from Egypt, a country where it is often considered the state's, the community's, and the family's duty to punish lgbt+ individuals for who they are and who they love. They will also reveal information about some of the inhumane treatment queer asylum seekers are often met with at UK's home office.
Event supported by Cambridge Amnesty LGBTI sub-group & asylum justice sub-group, and Encompass Network, as part of Cambridge LGBT History Month. The above description of the talk was written by Shrouk, who prefers the gender-neutral term "they".