On Monday activists across the world will come together to celebrate Human Rights Day. This year marks a particularly important occasion as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70.
In the UK, to highlight that human rights are for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation, we’ve teamed up with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to host a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Mr. Gay Syria’.
It follows the journey of Husein, who fled from Syria with his wife and family, and entered the first Mr. Gay Syria contest in Istanbul. Organised by a friend of Husein’s to raise awareness of the Syrian LGBT+ community’s plight, the contest sees Husein, who is struggling to hide his true identity, chosen to represent Syria at the Mr Gay World contest in Malta.
Tickets for the film have now sold out but you can watch the film’s trailer here.
At the event we will be joined by by Hayriye Kara, the Refugee Rights Programme Coordinator from the Turkish LGBT+ rights organisation Kaos GL, who will discuss their experiences supporting Syrian LGBT+ refugees in Turkey. Leila Zadeh, Executive Director of UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) will also speak to shed some light on the profound challenges LGBT+ refugees face in the UK.
Leila says: “LGBTQI+ people face multiple layers of discrimination and are often forced to flee. As refugees, they are isolated from their families and often cut off from communities from their country of origin because of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and from LGBTQI+ communities because of racism and xenophobia.”
At Stonewall we’re working with LGBT+ advocates from all over the world to advance equality so that people aren’t rejected from their families, or unwelcome in their own communities. But until this is achieved, people will continue to be victims of discrimination and persecution and will continue to seek sanctuary. We must ensure that those who come to us looking for safety are accepted for who they are, and that we are supporting them to live happy and free lives.
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