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Meet the charities pitching at City for LGBT+

News of large scale human rights violations in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power in August are deeply concerning. Last week we took part in a meeting about the perilous situation in Afghanistan for people who are LGBTQI+.  It is difficult to conceive of the fear and despair that so many minority groups must be experiencing right now, not to mention women and girls.

The call was organised by our friends at GiveOut with whom we partner on the annual City For LGBT+ event. This year’s City For LGBT+ will take place virtually on Wednesday 13 October and it is focused on organisations supporting people who face persecution and / or become refugees because of their sexuality. At the event, we will be hearing from:

  • People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), a community-based, non-profit human rights organisation devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of LGBTQI asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants in South Africa. 
  • Rainbow Migration, a UK based charity supporting LGBTQI people through the asylum and immigration system, providing specialist legal advice and practical and emotional support, and campaigning to improve the treatment of people seeking asylum.
  • Consortium, which supports LGBT+ groups and organisations for stronger LGBT+ communities, ensuring that everyone in our communities - including LGBT+ refugees - are supported. Through its unique position as the infrastructure body for LGBT+ voluntary and community groups, and in particular the Futures Fund, Consortium is proud to deliver vital grants to LGBT+ causes, helping organisations to thrive and deliver the services and support our communities need.

City For LGBT+ will be chaired by Iain Anderson, the UK’s first LGBT Business Champion. It will begin with a fireside chat between Baroness Liz Barker and Sheldon Mills, an executive director at the Financial Conduct Authority and Chair of Trustees at Stonewall. The timely and informative event, is open to anyone to attend. Further information and the link to register is here.

For further information about GiveOut’s campaign to support LGBTI+ people in Afghanistan, please follow this link.

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