There are good reasons for fleeing. This applies in particular to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) who have experienced persecution and violence from the state, family or society in their countries of origin. In 70 countries around the world, LGBTI people are threatened with a risk to their freedom, life and limb. Arriving in Germany, the flight is not over for many LGBTI people. In addition to the existential insecurity associated with the often lengthy and difficult asylum procedures, there are also experiences of racism and LGBTI hostility. Especially in refugee accommodation and integration courses, experiences of violence and discrimination by LGBTI people seem to be the rule rather than the exception.
To support the LGBTI people who have fled, a whole series of initiatives have been set up throughout Germany by the queer scene, but also by other social actors accompany the asylum procedure. More and more refugee LGBTI people are becoming part of these initiatives or are forming their own refugee self-help structures.
The aim of the new LSVD project (Queer Refugees Germany) is to network the structures that exist throughout Germany and LGBTI activists who have fled and to support them in their work. For this purpose, the existing website queer-refugees.de was relaunched so that you can find a lot of information and contact points on site via online mapping in different languages.