Change of Address, at the request of members, began Identity group in 2017. This LGBT peer to peer support network grew in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council in 2018. The group offers support and advice as well as a sense of community to its members. It is now coordinated by LGBT Ireland.
LGBT asylum seekers are faced with distinct pressures: they are at an intersection of several disadvantages. Our group is made up of people predominantly from Africa and the Middle East who have been forced to leave their home countries because they identify as LGBT. They come to Ireland to escape persecution in societies where to be “out” is to put your life at risk.
Identity meets on a monthly basis for organisational sessions. We also schedule a calendar of social events, with our cultural partners, like the Irish Film Institute. If you would like to be part of our growing community, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.