9.-30. April 2021 I Online Event Series: “Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility”
This speaker series, organized by the Queer European Asylum Network and Migration Mobilities Bristol in collaboration with the Barnard Digital Humanities Center, features four events which brings into conversation the contributors to the special issue “Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility.” The special issue will be published by Ethnic and Racial Studies in Spring 2022.
13. November 2020 I Recognition and Prevention of Violence against LGBTQI+ Persons on the Move
This conference was committed to putting the lived experience of queer asylum at the centre of the conversation. It brought 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. .
16., 23. and 30. October 2020 I Workshop series Political Participation and Empowerment for LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers
The Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld organized the online workshop series “Get involved! Political Participation and Empowerment“ in October 2020.
The workshop series was primarily aimed at LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers who are or want to become politically involved. The workshops took part in small groups and dealt with the following questions: How do political processes work in Germany? How can I make my demands public? How do I find allies? How can I use social media strategically?
4. September 2020 I Covid-19 and Queer Asylum Discussion Forum
This Covid-19 and Queer Asylum Discussion forum was a closed online event. Invited were 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 was 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.