LGBT Asylum Seekers & Refugees Tell Their Stories In Manchester!

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LGBT Asylum Seekers & Refugees Tell Their Stories In Manchester! A seminar organised by African Rainbow Family on Wednesday, 21st June 2017.

Our seminar, Part of History - Celebrating Whom We Are is to celebrate us for whom we are as LGBTI people witnessing and having a feel of what it is to be part of history of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Nonetheless, persecuted for being us from our different countries and seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Join us and be involved to bring together LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees and the wider communities of people who identify as same - Black Asian and Minority Ethnics, White British and non LGBTIQ+ from different ethnic origins.

Speakers will give perspectives of:

1. What the environment was pre 1967 to be an LGBT+ person in the UK, journey so far and expectations of the community for the future.

2. The climate of LGBTI political asylum process in the UK.

3. The situation for LGBTIs in the Commonwealth countries.

4. Detention and anti-deportation supports for LGBTI asylum seekers.

5. Our members, Experts by Experience would tell their stories of persecutions back in their home countries and the barriers they face whilst seeking asylum in the UK.

This is a unique seminar organised by LGBT asylum seekers and refugees themselves whom are all members of African Rainbow Family our LGBTIQ+ community in the UK to appreciate the gains made here, reflect on the environment for LGBTIs in our members' individual countries and how to support LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.

We will host a tribute banquet to celebrate us and those at the heart of the 1960's freedom which we as LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees now enjoy. Also to celebrate our diversity through sharing our traditional countries' cultures - foods, dance and bring our community in Manchester together, encourage community cohesion, networking, sharing good ideas and practices useful in supporting LGBTI asylum seekers whom are from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

We are hoping that you may be able to experience this celebration with us on the 21/06/ 2017 in Manchester!

This event is free however, donations would be generously welcomed! You can donate here with reference SEMINAR.
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Speakers: Read more about all of our speakers here

Peter Tatchell: Peter Tatchell has campaigned for human rights and LGBT freedom for 50 years. A pioneer of the Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s and a co-founder of OutRage! in 1990, his human rights activism resulted in him being badly beaten by President Mugabe's bodyguards in 2001 and by Russian neo-Nazis in 2007. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation: www.PeterTatchellFoundation.org

S. Chelvan: Chelvan is “one of the country’s leading human rights barristers” (May 2015), and by Colin Yeo as an “inspirational campaigning lawyer and academic” (April 2015), S. Chelvan, Barrister at No5 Chambers in London, is an activist, academic and advocate. Chelvan is an LGBTI champion, specifically with respect to the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers. He is recognised as having significantly contributed to ground- breaking LGBTI asylum cases, both here in the UK, and in Europe. He litigates cases from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights.

Paul Dillane: Paul Dillane is Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, a leading NGO working to advance human rights and inclusion for LGBT people internationally where LGBT people face discrimination, criminalisation and persecution. Following a career in law, Paul worked at Amnesty International UK as a human rights and refugee law specialist. Paul was the Executive Director of UKLGIG that provides practical support to LGBT people fleeing persecution; worked as a consultant and trainer for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Council of Europe, ILGA-Europe and Transgender Europe and has provided training and capacity building support to judges, lawyers, officials and activists in countries across the world.

Aderonke Apata: Aderonke Apata is a Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate who has a BSc in Microbiology and a Masters of Public Health and Primary Care. She's an LGBTI asylum campaigner for LGBT asylum seekers to stay in the UK. Aderonke's tireless campaign has been recognised through many awards including as Winner Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice” and being number 41 & 67 on the RanbowList2014 & 2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke is the founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and people of African heritage in UK and campaigning for the Repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-Gay Law and also started Manchester Migrant Solidarity,

Sue Sanders: Sue Sanders is Emeritus Professor Harvey Milk Institute, an “out and proud” lesbian, and LGBT rights activist, Since 1967, she has been a teacher, tutor and a lecturer on women’s studies, drama and homophobia. Having been an active member of Schools OUT UK she became their chair In 2000, a group working for the visibility of LGBT people in the education system. She was a founder member of the LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police and worked closely with the criminal justice system on hate crime. In 2004 she instituted the UK's first LGBT History Month. And in 2008 was responsible for the website the Classroom which has over 70 lesson plans that usualise LGBT people for all ages across the curriculum. Prof. Sanders is the author of poetry and short stories as well as many articles and brochures on feminist issues, education and homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and lesphobia.

"In these troubling times since Brexit when we have seen hate crime rise it is even more important to Educate OUT prejudice by making LGBT people in all their diversity visible and safe" says Sue.

Margaret Nankabinwa: Margaret Nankabinwa is an LGBT Refugee from Uganda and a valued Secretary of African Rainbow Family

Lisa Matthews: Lisa Matthews is coordinator at Right to Remain. She has worked at Right to Remain (previously called NCADC) for over five years, and before that worked with refugees in Cairo, in community mental health in London, as a legal caseworker in immigration and asylum law, and as a refugee integration and asylum advice caseworker. Right to Remain works with communities, groups and organisations across the UK, providing information, resources, training and assistance to help people to establish their right to remain, and to challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system.

Philip Jones: Philip Jones has been a member of the congregation now known as the Metropolitan Congregation (previously the Metropolitan Church, Manchester, and before that the Metropolitan Community Church, Manchester) for 23 years. This congregation has always had a majority LGBT membership and expresses it mission in terms of Christian spirituality, Christian community, and Christian social action with, for, and in partnership with the LGBT communities of Manchester and the North West. By profession, Philip served his local community as a Chartered Librarian for 37 years before taking early retirement 5 years ago at which point he was able to devote more time to various leadership activities in the Metropolitan Congregation, eventually working with others to bring the congregation into membership of the United Reformed Church and being ordained an Elder of the URC, alongside others from the congregation, in October 2015.

Smyth Harper: Smyth Harper has had a varied career in journalism and public relations, working for a range of organisations including the Manchester Evening News, BBC, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council. He is currently Head of Communications and Engagement for Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner. He is an active member of Manchester’s LGBT community. As well as helping to support the economic success of the Village by spending too much money in its venues, he aims to be an advocate for LGBT issues wherever he can. Notably, he volunteers as an LGBT Foundation Village Angel. An Irishman who has lived in Manchester most of his adult life, Smyth spends too much time on karaoke, not enough time in the gym and a soul-destroying amount of his life humanely euthanizing injured mice and birds brought in by his killer cat.

Pam Flynn: Pam Flynn Pam Flynn is am a socialist and a feminist. Growing up in industrial South Wales, Pam was raised a socialist and the habit has never left her. Pam tries to bring good humour and friendship into changing the world for the better. She serves on the Board of Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and volunteered with LISG (Lesbian Immigration Support Group) until 2016. Pam came out as lesbian in 1988. She also likes to walk, keep flexible, grow vegetables, cook and eat good food, watch birds and sing.

Elijah Saunders: Elijah Saunders is a Gay Refugee and member of African Rainbow Family. Elijah is a 32 years old refugee hailing from the twin Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago, I majored in management studies at various local, Regional & international institutes located in Canada, USA, & the UK to name just a few, managing to carve out a very success career spanning over 17 years in the fields of telecommunications, customer service, sales and business Administration....my greatest achievement to date is breathing as a FREE Gay man as I emancipated myself from my homophobic homeland to start over as "ME" gay & proud "ME".

Dr Kris Harris: Dr Kris Harris is a Research and Policy Worker with Medical Justice, the only organisation in the UK to send independent volunteer clinicians into Immigration Removal Centers to document detainees' scars of torture and challenge instances of medical mistreatment. She has an interest in migrants access to healthcare and a background in anthropology and public health.

Rob Berkeley: Rob Berkeley is an award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reformed social reformer, Rob currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability.Rob Berkeley is an award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reformed social reformer, Rob currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability.

Leila Zadeh: Leila Zadeh is the Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, who support and advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers and refugees.

Jason Jones

Linda Bellos

Denise McDowell: Greater Manchester Immigration Aids Unit

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