Money will help LGBT asylum seekers in Britain

RAINBOWS Across Borders, a UK-based voluntary self-help group for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution of oppressive homophobic/transphobic regimes has been given a £500 donation by The Pink Triangle Trust.

Photo courtesy of Rainbows Across Borders

In a letter of thanks to the PTT, the group, which operates out of Croydon in south London, said:

It is noted by members of Rainbows Across Borders that the PTT has been our constant supporter: not only in the encouragement given for what we constantly try to achieve, but, also for the regularity of the of financial support provided to enable the group to cover the cost to cover the fees of their meetings.

It added that:

We continue to struggle through lack of resources to fulfil many of our objectives. However, what we are proud of since our inception in January 2013 is that no member who has been constant & involved with the group has been removed & sent back to their countries of origin. It’s calculated that the numbers ‘granted leave to remain’ in the UK, so far is 194.

The group pursues policies of integration with LGBT Groups in Croydon and elsewhere. It provides a secure and safe space for members to share experiences as LGBT asylum seekers and to mutually build confidence and knowledge about the asylum process as it affects the individual applicant. It’s supported by those who have already been granted leave to stay in the United Kingdom.

The group also supports the work of campaigning groups and charities and refers members to those that campaign and provide legal and other support services for asylum seekers.

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