In many countries, LGBT people experience rejection from their communities and appalling discrimination.
This can include physical and sexual violence, which often goes unreported.
In 69 countries around the world, same-sex relationships are criminalised. Most governments still deny trans people the right to legally change their name and gender from those that were assigned to them at birth.
As a result, many LGBT people have no choice but to seek asylum. But many LGBT asylum seekers who arrive in Britain face unfair treatment and endure horrendous conditions in detention centres.
However, there are LGBT campaigners, organisations and allies across the world working to change this situation. The UK Government need to support their essential work.
We want to see committment from the UK government to:
- Respond strongly, quickly and effectively when LGBT people face violence or persecution overseas
- Put LGBT people at the heart of its agenda when working with other countries through diplomacy and trade deals
- Make sure UK aid goes to organisations that don’t leave LGBT people behind
- Provide clear leadership across Government, so that the UK’s commitment to champion global LGBT equality is strategic and co-ordinated
- Treat LGBT people who have fled persecution and seek asylum in the UK with fairness and respect. This includes ending the detention of LGBT asylum seekers, alongside ending indefinite detention
- Provide direct support, including specific funding, to human rights defenders in other countries working to improve the lives of LGBT people and achieve equality