PRIDE in action: Over 200 European leaders come to London for LGBT migrants’ rights

As we come to the end of PRIDE week and in the midst of the ongoing negotiations surrounding the role of the UK in the EU, the IARS International Institute is proud to announce the conclusion of its two-year Erasmus+ funded LGBT-led ‘Epsilon’ programme. Its final results will be presented and debated at the Annual International conference on 12th July at Middle Temple, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT.

The project aimed to address the ultimate need for collaborative approaches to address issues of discrimination and abuse within vulnerable groups across Europe. The conference will launch the projects final result, which presents evidence of existing gaps in service provision for LGBT migrants and those working with this particularly marginalised group. The eBook features a comparative section reviewing current practice across Europe as well as chapters in Greek, Italian and Dutch.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS’ Founder and Director, said: “This group are particularly marginalised, either by the community they have joined or by the community they have left. Their migration status combined with their sexual orientation presents them with additional challenges in achieving their potential, hopes and dreams in life. Our project has provided new insights and policy recommendations that will help reduce the detrimental impact that this prejudice has on these people’s lives.”

Dr Moira Dustin, a member of the project’s LGBT Scrutiny Panel, said “The Epsilon project could not be more timely, as we are seeing the difference that skilled and informed professional support can make to the experiences of LGBT+ people claiming asylum in Europe.”
Over the past 2 years, the Epsilon consortium have worked together under the leadership of the IARS International Institute and guided by a team of LGBT migrants, to develop a set of highly innovative educational tools and training courses (face to face and online) informed by the real needs of LGBT migrants and refugees. These evidence-based tools benefit both professionals and volunteers providing services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers enabling them to better address issues of dignity, respect, inclusion and discrimination.

“There is an infinite amount of aspects that make me who I am, makes me unique and this is in constant evolution. All these aspects come together to make a whole and that’s the true definition of who I am which I believe cannot truly be defined by any one word. I experience all these aspects about myself therefore nobody else can truly define who I am.  This is why I feel this project is so important to allow voices like mine to be heard” said LGBT black activist Deyone Milana Guiseppi.

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