Welcome to our homepage. Here you will find information about how we can support you and what the project “Supporting and empowering the self-organisation and networking of LGBTIQ* persons with migration and refugee background” is all about.
Did you flee to Germany and currently live in North Rhine-Westphalia?
Do you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) person?
Are you experiencing exclusion and discrimination based on your gender identity or sexual orientation and your cultural background?
Do you want to meet other people in your area who have similar experiences?
Are you looking for advice and support for your situation?
On this homepage you will find groups and projects for and with LGBTIQ people with refugee background / of color. If you cannot find a group in your area, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Transregional Networking NRW
Since January 2018 North Rhine-Westphalia has an additional Empowerment Group for LGBTIQ people with refugee background / of Color of all ages, which meets regularly in safe spaces. The group consists of (activist) people who are networking, who are empowering and learning from each other. The Empowerment Group welcomes all LGBTIQ refugees / of Color who want to help foster a self-determined network and support structure in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The organisation of workshops on topics such as empowerment, experiences of racism, self-organisation and working as a group is a part of the work.
LGBTIQ people with a migration or a refugee background are affected by various dimensions of discrimination (multiple discrimination: racism, (hetero-)sexism, transphobia, etc.) in their everyday lives. This project aims to create a (safer) place for LGBTIQ People of Colour/refugees, where they can feel protected from discrimination, share their experiences, empower and support each other (powersharing).
Empowerment is understood as a strategy and action concept (practical, theoretical, political), which assumes that the potentials and resources of each individual person are the basis for individual and collective (social) changes.