This Is Who I Am

MANCHESTER, 24 July 2017 – Megan Nankabirwa ( blue hair tips) and her partner Lydia Nabukenya in Manchester’s gay village. The pair fled Uganda, where homosexuality is outlawed, after they were discovered to be in a relationship. Christopher Thomond for The Guardian.

What are the challenges facing LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in the UK? Join us for a virtual reading of their first-hand accounts.

‘They separated us. We tried to say no, we applied for asylum as a couple. They say we don’t have any civil evidence that we are a couple. And we’re like, “How can we show you any civil evidence if homosexuality is forbidden in my country?”‘ LGBTQI+ asylum seeker, UK

‘This Is Who I Am’ is presented by the theatre company ice&fire, which specialises in exploring human rights stories through performance. This virtual performance features a reading of first-hand accounts of LGBTQI+ people’s experiences of seeking refuge in the UK and going through the UK asylum process. The reading will be followed by a discussion between the ice&fire theatre director Sebastian Aguirre and LGBTQI+ asylum groups in the UK. There will also be a Q&A session with the audience.

This event is organized by Migration Mobilities Bristol in collaboration with the Queer Muslim Asylum Project and the Queer European Asylum Network.

For further information and to register please visit the Eventbrite page.