Help LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece

For: LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece
Athens, Greece
Organizer: LGBTQI+ Refugees Welcome
Help LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece (LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece)
of $8,000 goal
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Raised by 51 donors

The Story

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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 22, 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018

We were very proud to present the art exhibition We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Framed, an art exhibit that explored the visions and voices of LGBTQI+ Refugees living in Athens, Greece. This arts-based research project placed the power of representation in the hands of group members who used photography to explore concepts of identity, home, needs, hopes, dreams, and the refugee crisis from the perspectives of 13 displaced people who identify as LGBTQI+. 

Posted on March 28, 2017


Posted on March 28, 2017

Our show opens this Thursday! 

Check out our Facebook Event for more info. 

Posted on March 24, 2017

Posted on March 24, 2017

BANBHA Theatre Company and LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece are honoured to introduce THE RE//PRESENTATION WORKSHOPS.

This event will be the culmination of a series of workshops undertaken by the directors of BANBHA Theatre Company & members of the LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece initiative in Athens. The workshops have aimed to create a performance that accurately re-presents the lives, experiences, and opinions of the participants, in an attempt to lead an audience to rethink their preconceptions about the issues faced by a group of LGBTQI+ refugees in Athens.

The event will consist of a performance devised by the directors & cast, followed by a Q&A session. Admission is donation based and all money raised from these donations and from the bar will go to LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece.

In an experiment in transcending international borders with art and activism, this event will be live streamed to Dublin, Ireland.

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