Let’s end LGBTI homelessness

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In 78 countries homosexuality is illegal. About 1,500 LGBTI refugees from those countries come to the UK every year. When they come to the UK they are still not safe.

Like Mary, a lesbian from Nigeria and Amir, a gay man from Algeria. Because of their sexuality, they:

  • were abused in refugee accommodation by other homophobic refugees
  • became homeless and depressed
  • were rejected by their ethnic community and lived in poverty

MRI tackles homelessness within the LGBTI refugee community and has created the first house in the UK to provide them with much-needed temporary accommodation. MRI’s first house will open its doors in Autumn 2017.

Become an Ally

Providing LGBTI refugees with a safe space to live is essential, but it is not the whole solution to integration. It is also essential to create opportunities for training, employment and self-employment. With 10 new Allies donating £20 per month, MRI will provide such opportunities.

As one of those Allies, every year you will:

  • pay some of the utility bills for providing safe housing for an LGBTI refugee
  • pay for transport for a refugee to attend MRI’s employability workshops
  • pay for transport for a refugee to attend job interviews

We only need 10 Allies to create life changing opportunities and there are 65 million people in the UK. That is 0.00001% of the population – the 0.00001% that can make a huge difference.

To become an Ally, choose a donation plan that suites you:

Regular Donation Plans

Direct Debit in Pounds Direct Debit in Euros
£5 a month €5 a month
£10 a month €10 a month
£20 a month €20 a month
£30 a month €30 a month
£40 a month €40 a month
£50 a month €50 a month

Alternative Donation Plans

  • You can also become an Ally and make a regular or one-off donation in US dollars.
  • If you want to support MRI but you cannot commit to a regular donation, you can make a one-off donation in:

Thank you for supporting LGBTI equality!

The MRI team

#endLGBTIpoverty

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For more information about MRI’s work with LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in the UK please contact Moud Goba, Project Manager

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