ORAM Guide Walks LGBTQ Communities Through Supporting Refugees
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
The San Francisco-based Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration -- the only NGO focused exclusively on assisting LGBTQ refugees and asylees -- has released a guide to help LGBTQ communities welcome and support those fleeing sexuality and gender-based violence. According to a release, the 48-page guide includes practical tips for supporting refugees in making the necessary connections to ensure their physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing such as sample forms and resources for housing, employment, and federal assistance. "There are immediate ways those of us in the U.S. can support members of our LGBT community facing persecution overseas," says Neil Grungras, Executive Director of ORAM. "Uniting in support of queer asylum seekers and refugees is a powerful way of building community and reversing homophobia." This support is especially important because the approximately 2,000 LGBTQ and intersex refugees and asylees entering the United States each year may face exclusion from religious and immigrant communities that typically help with integration. Download the guide here.