In Scotland, a new support service for LGBT asylum seekers

Published: November 30, 2010

The UNITY Centre has decided to launch a unique new confidential service aimed at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and  Transgender asylum seekers.

Due to be officially launched on Tuesday 7 December, at the Unity Centre, the  new service will be a confidential telephone support service for all asylum in Scotland who face difficulties or need support due to issues related  to their sexuality.

LGBT asylum seekers are often isolated from the religious and ethnic support networks that other asylum seekers normally depend upon in the UK. Often religious and ethnic groups in the UK hold the same homophobic prejudices that exist in the country of origin that the LGBT asylum seeker is fleeing from. At the same time ignorance and prejudice about LGBT issues are prevalent in the UKBA and throughout the asylum process.

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