Athens, GREECE – We are a group of LGBTQI+ refugees. We’re from different parts of the Middle East: some of us are from Iraq, some from Syria; others from Egypt, Yemen and Iran.
We have been at war from the moment we were born. And, we have been on the run for most of our lives.
The trauma of being a refugee is universal; the trauma of being a gay, lesbian or trans refugee has its own particularities that people rarely take into account.
Authorities in Greece have abused and harassed us; we have wrongly imprisoned; some NGO volunteers have turned us away; in camps our lives are in danger every single moment.
We are in peril every step of the way.
At this very moment, there are so many of us out there living in squalid camps and hotspots across the country, in squats or apartments. We know you are alone and frightened. We know many resort to never leaving the house for fear of being raped, attacked or verbally abused on the street.
Today, we need your solidarity to help LGBTQI+ refugees obtain food, clothes and legal documents.
And above all, we need your solidarity to help spread awareness. So that people know that we are here. That we exist. That we struggle daily to survive.
And that we are trying to build a life in dignity and in peace.
LGBTQI+ Refugees Welcome is a self-organized, grassroots initiative of solidarity, whose goal is to afford space and give voice and support to one of the most repressed and 'invisible' sides of the refugee 'crisis': That of the LGBTQI+ community. All funds donated will go directly to the LGBTQI+ refugees for food, clothes and legal documents. More info on our Facebook.