The Network Queer European Asylum organizes events that are committed to putting the lived experience of queer asylum at the centre of the conversation. It brings together LGBTQI+ refugees and persons seeking asylum, key academic scholars, practitioners, politicians, policy and civil society stakeholders to discuss and develop the relevance of the experiences of LGBTQI+ asylum practices in Germany for the EU. Our aim is to generate a knowledge exchange amongst a wide spectrum of actors who are involved with queer asylum.
13. November 2020 I Recognition and Prevention of Violence Against LGBTQI+ Persons on the Move
This symposium foregrounds trans, intersex, lesbian and non-binary migrants and refugees’ experiences of asylum, challenging the often cis-homocentric and Eurocentric perspectives and views that continue to dominate queer asylum practice and policies. The thematic focus are firstly, the recognition of gender-based violence in the asylum claims of lesbian, inter and transgender persons and secondly, violence prevention against LGBTQI+ persons on the move in their country of arrival. In so doing, the panels ask what we can learn from these experiences and how they contribute to a more inclusive asylum policy – particularly with an eye towards the New Common European Asylum System. This symposium will be concluded by a participatory performance which approaches the topics arounds queer asylum, human rights and violence through testimonies and the writing of poems.
4. September 2020 I Covid-19 and Queer Asylum Discussion Forum
This Covid-19 and Queer Asylum Discussion forum is a closed online event. Invited are politicians, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the policy implications of the Covid-19 and Queer Asylum virtual symposium which took place on 29. April 2020 and as summarized in our policy brief. The aim of this discussion forum is to highlight the marginal experiences of LGBTQI+ refugees during the pandemic and demand action on the part of policy makers and politicians.
A violation of the freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes a right to asylum in Germany – nevertheless, statistically this right is denied to black lesbian and queer women who suffer oppression and persecution in their home countries because of their sexuality. Dr. Mengia Tschalaer (University of Bristol) found that this discrimination is based on stereotypical notions of lesbian sexuality which obviously do not correspond to the life realities of rejected asylum seekers. What has to change to reduce the structural discrimination of black lesbian and queer refugee women?
‘This Is Who I Am’ was presented by the theatre company ice&fire, which specialises in exploring human rights stories through performance. This virtual performance featured a reading of first-hand accounts of LGBTQI+ people’s experiences of seeking refuge in the UK and going through the UK asylum process.
29. April 2020 I Online Symposium: “COVID-19 and Queer Asylum
COVID-19 & Queer Asylum was a virtual symposium featuring NGO representatives, lawyers and judges working on queer asylum, LGBTQI+ activists and LGBTQI+ persons seeking asylum/refugees from Germany. The Symposium consisted of three panels followed by a information session led by lawyers and LGBTQI+ asylum practitioners that allowed for a Q&A around COVID-19 and LGBTQI+ asylum.