Way to safely encourage your LGBT Identity during lockdown
Working in partnership with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex communities in the Covid-19 pandemic
The intellectual property of Prof.Eileen Pittaway and L.Bartomei
The LGBTI refugee communities live on the fringes
They are often scared, lonely, and cast out from their own communities they are survivors of all types of sexual and gender-based violence
The major thing you can bring when working with the LGBTI communities is respect and dignity
Things the LGBTI communities share with all refugees
The grief of having lost their homeland, their homes, communities, and protection of the country which they call home.Fear about Covid-19
The LGBTI communities also suffer from double discrimination
They are discriminated against because they are refugees and members of marginalised ethnic groups. And They are discriminated against by their own and the host communities because of their sexuality and differences
The LGBTI Communities are not just one group
Understanding about the different groups in the LGBTI community will help you to provide better services, Understanding will help you challenge discrimination when you hear it from others
Discriminations shared by the LGBTI communities
The Pain of ExclusionMembers of the LGBTI communities are excluded from their homelands, but also often excluded from their families, their local communities, their religious groups and the broader refugee community.
Things they have in common
Targeted Violence Members of the LGBTI communities are often targets of violence because of their differences.
What can I do practically?
Make sure you know what local specialist services are available for these communities.
Report any violence and discrimination to service providers and the authorities.
What emotional support can I provide?
The most important emotional support you can offer is being a supportive friendly face, and providing a space where they can talk to you and to other members of their community.
Unfortunately this is very difficult in times of social distancing.
Specific needs of Lesbians
To be with other lesbians in a safe space
Not to suffer “curative” rape and other forms of violence just because they are lesbians.
Not to be forced into marriage with a man to stop them being lesbian
Specific Needs of Gay Men
Gay men relate emotionally and sexually to other gay men
They need: To have a safe space where they can meet with other gay men. Not to be shamed and beaten because of their difference have equal access to health care ad other services, especially in the time of Covid-19
Specific Needs of Bi-Sexual people
Bi-sexual people identify as relating emotionally and sexually to both women and men
They need: The freedom to be who they are without punishment
This is very difficult in communities and religions which have very strict rules about sexual behaviour, especially for women.
Specific Needs of Transgender People
Transgender people are born and raised as one sex, ie girl or boy, but as they mature, they realise that they identify as the opposite sex and cannot live their lives as the gender with which they were born.
Specific needs of intersex people
Intersex people are born with physical differences which mean that they are not clearly identified as either male or female.
Challenge Negative Attitudes
Whenever you hear authorities, colleagues or other refugees saying bad things about members of the LGBTI communities, gently remind them that the LGBTI community have the same rights as every other refugee.