UX Researcher, Graphic Designer
While all refugees face hardship, the stakes are unique for those who are LGBT+. Historically resettlement has been based on a traditional family unit. A family would flee their country of origin and they would immediately be connected to a community center, a faith-based institution, or to others from their country upon arrival; there are strong mechanics in place to get families resettled. If you are a single gay Iraqi who has fled violence from other Iraqis, for example, other Iraqis might not be your first choice of folks to connect with. This puts LGBT+ asylees at much higher risk of experiencing hardships while accessing social services (e.g., healthcare, housing), employment, and more.
What do LGBT asylees need in order to thrive after resettlement?
LGBT Asylee Connect, a multi-channel social campaign and service, bridges the gap in community needs for LGBT+ asylum seekers.
The initiative focuses on three main areas:
Personal narratives (Discussion Forum)
Collective building (Digital Bulletin Board)
Community networks (Resource Exchange)