Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a chance to celebrate sexual and gender diversity, but also an opportunity to raise awareness about the violation of LGBT rights across the globe. 

Last week the Eplison International conference was held in Athens on ‘LGBT refugees and migrants: the situation in Greece and Europe’. We heard Mr. Ioannis Balafas, Deputy Minister for Immigration Policy, highlight Greece’s commitment to “effective intervention in every aspect of the refugee problem and especially in issues related to vulnerable social groups”.

The Erasmus+ funded Eplison project has identified LGBT refugees and migrants as one of the most vulnerable groups in modern Europe. A group who face multiple forms of discrimination yet public authorities and migration/asylum procedures are often not equipped to deal with their particular situation.

The Eplison project works to improve the lives of LGBT refugees and migrants by increasing the knowledge, skills and awareness of professionals who come in contact with them. An innovative educational programme is being developed, based on the real needs of LGBT migrants and refugees. It will enable both professionals and volunteers to better address issues of dignity and respect, inclusion and discrimination.

Our free e-book is available to read now, that presents key findings and recommendations so far. The report takes steps to address the needs, experiences and good practices for supporting and including LGBT migrants.