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.