Bell, Michael, and Cole Hansen. “Over Not Out: The Housing and Homelessness Issues Specific to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Asylum Seekers.” Refugee Support, N.d.

  • Category: Reports
  • Source: NGOs
  • Subject: Belonging,Discretion,Asylum/Refugee,Bisexual,Discrimination,Documentation status,Gay,Gender Identity,Homophobia,Homosexuality,Lesbian,LGBTI,Sex work,Sexual Orientation,Violence
  • Place: Angola,Congo, Democratic Republic of the,Gambia,Kenya,Malawi,Nigeria,Sierra Leone,Uganda
  • Year: 2009
One of Refugee Support’s key objectives is to provide ‘quality housing and support services to refugees and asylum seekers that are sensitive to their needs and assists with their settlement and integration.’ While we fulfil that objective in a number of different ways, at the heart of our work is a commitment to understand some of the key issues facing refugees and asylum seekers so that we are able to tailor our services, making them appropriate to their individual and collective needs. In July 2008, the Research and Consultancy Unit at Refugee Support identified a significant research gap on the issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees and asylum seekers. ‘Over Not Out’ is the first comprehensive study on the housing and homelessness issues facing LGBT asylum seekers. The analysis demonstrates that LGBT asylum seekers face multiple disadvantages because of their status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The policy recommendations that we have identified are helpful in shaping our own services, in particular; diversity training in this area for all staff as part of their induction and personal development; confidential reporting mechanisms for LGBT asylum seekers who may experience harassment and a commitment to listen to and act upon the feedback our service users provide. We at Refugee Support look forward to working in partnership with other stakeholders as we develop a strategy to progress this work. Together using our knowledge, skills and expertise, we can bring about change to further develop services to support LGBT asylum seekers.