We are queer, we are here, but we are not safe here because we are homeless, and we need your help. We come from Syria, Iraq, Congo, Palestine, Cameron, Uganda, and Cuba. Despite our diverse cultures we all suffered at the hands of homophobia in our countries of origin, and we escaped these countries to Greece to be safe. But still we do not feel safe.
Both the Greek government and the various NGOs will provide refugees, such as some members of our collective, with money and housing. But it is not enough. The accommodations are beyond crowded and the money can’t last the month. It is especially not enough if you need help paying for medication like hormone replacement or HIV drugs. A significant number of the members of our collective take heavy prescriptions.
In the past year and a half we have supported more than 50 LGBTQI+ refugees deal with needs like:
- Help paying legal fees or fees for passports or other paperwork (a passport costs 85 euro to process)
- Distribution of food and essentials once per week
- Help with medication such as anxiety medication for members of our group who have post-traumatic stress
- Space heaters for the cold winter nights
- Help with paying for laser hair removal
We try to focus especially on the needs that are specific to our LGBTQI+ population. For this reason we have helped pay for laser hair removal. This is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by other organizations, but if you are a trans woman with a heavy beard, hair removal can be a matter of safety, and even help buying razors can add security.
Unfortunately all of these services and needs require money. We fundraise frequently with parties and events here in Athens, but any additional support goes a long way. Spread the word and support.Without country, without fear, and without shame, we are LGBTQI+ Refugees.
More info on our Facebook.