Double Jeopardy

Key findings

150

LGB asylum seekers arriving in the UK each month

2-3

transgendered asylum seekers arriving in the UK each month

30,000

to 50,000 LGBTI asylum seekers, refugees and newly arrived migrants in London

A new report on how to make migrant and refugee organisations (MRCOs) and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations more inclusive and welcoming of LGBTI, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants has been released.

The Double Jeopardy Project report and accompanying guide were launched at an event in Southwark, with a panel discussion chaired by Zoe Williams from the Guardian newspaper. The panelists included representatives from the Refugee Council, Stonewall Housing and the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group.

Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation said:

“The Double Jeopardy Project and its LGBTI asylum Guide offer important, valuable practical guidance on how to include and support refugees fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. These are some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in the LGBTI community and in British society. As this report shows, everyone has a responsibility to take proactive steps to ensure that LGBTI refugees secure their rightful place as full and equal participants in the life of our country, so they can live with dignity and security, exercise their human rights and make a contribution to the enrichment of our society.”

The Double Jeopardy Project has been run by MBARC and funded by Trust for London, in partnership with The Metro Centre and Praxis. The aims of the project were to test guidance which enabled migrant, refugee community organisations (MRCOs) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations to be more inclusive and welcoming of LGBTI, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.