I am LGBTI and want to claim asylum

If you are afraid that you are at risk from serious harm if you go home because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) then you may qualify for asylum

You would need to demonstrate however that the conditions in your country for those who are open, or perceived to be open about their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex, amount to persecution in law.

Please read our new information leaflet for LGBTI asylum seekers coming to the UK to find out more about what you will need to prove, how to apply for asylum etc.

You can also take a look at the many organisations and groups websites, services and telephone helplines that are here to help:

Organisations and groups

Unity LGBT drop-in group for LGBT asylum seekers and refugees. They meet twice a month, usually on a weekend. Contact them for more information by email or call 0141 427 7992.

The Equality Network works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland. They run a number of projects and their website provides information on LGBT rights, news and events.

Stonewall Scotland works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Their website provides information on a range of topics, including hate crime, housing, asylum, health and adoption and fostering. They also have this leaflet about the LGBT community and claiming asylum.

Bi Scotland is Scotland’s national organisation for bisexuals. Their website provides information on how to join their monthly meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as other social events.

Rainbow families is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people raising children who want to meet up with others in Glasgow. E-mail: rainbowfamiliesglasgow@gmail.com

Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Service (UK) works to change the situation for LGBT people facing domestic violence. Runs a helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their families, friends, and agencies to support LGBT people around domestic violence. Telephone: 0300 999 5428 (Mon & Thu 2-8pm, Tue & Wed 10am-5pm; Tuesday 1pm – 5pm is a Trans specific service) or email.

The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing is a unique initiative to promote the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in, working in and travelling to Edinburgh. They run a programme of activities, events, courses and community groups. The centre also provides information on health and LGBT topics and runs the Lothian LGBT Helpline. Call 0131 556 4049 (Open Wed 12.30pm - 7pm) or email.

West of Scotland LGBT Forum is an umbrella organisation that brings together organisations, groups and individuals representing lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people in the West of Scotland to provide opportunities for networking, information exchange, cooperation, coordination and, in appropriate cases, collective representation and action.

Diversitay (Dundee) is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender organisation for Tayside. They operate an LGBT helpline on the second and fourth Monday each month from 7pm - 9pm. Call 01382 202620 or email

Pride Glasgow is a festival organised by Glasgow and the West of Scotland LGBT Pride. The website provides information on the festival and related events.

Glasgay! is Scotland's annual celebration of LGBT culture and is the only professional LGBT arts festival in Scotland. The website provides information on the festival and other related news and events.

 

Websites

Lesbian Scotland provides information and links about a range of venues, groups and resources for gay and bisexual women living in or visiting Scotland.

NHS  ̶  Sex Worth Talking About is a website providing straightforward information and advice to make it easier to discuss everything to do with sexual health.

West of Scotland LGBT Forum is an umbrella organisation that brings together organisations, groups and individuals representing lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people in the West of Scotland to provide opportunities for networking, information exchange, cooperation, coordination and, in appropriate cases, collective representation and action.

Scots Gay Magazine – the magazine from Scotland for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

OurStory Scotland collects, archives and presents the life stories and experiences of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) community in Scotland

Services

Sandyford Sexual Health Centre provides sexual, reproductive and emotional health services for all lesbian and bisexual women. For further information on sexual and reproductive services, call 0141 211 8130; for counselling services, call 0141 211 6700. All services are available at a range of locations throughout NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde area. Central walk-in service: 2-6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow G3 7N.

 

Telephone helplines

LGBT Helpline Scotland

Helpline volunteers can help with issues including sexuality, gender identity, hate crime, sexual health, relationships and LGBT law. The line is open every Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm – 9pm. Call 0300 123 2523.

Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard

Telephone: 0141 847 0447

Email: info@sgls.co.uk

Lothian LGBT Helpline

Telephone: 0131 556 4049 (Open Wednesday 12.30pm – 7pm)

Diversitay LGBT Switchboard (Dundee)

Telephone: Dundee (01382) 202620 (Open second and fourth Monday of each month 7pm – 9pm)

Breathing Space

Freephone: 0800 838587 (Open Monday-Thursday 6pm -2am; Friday 6pm - Monday 6am: 24 hours at weekends)

Terrence Higgins Trust

Telephone: 0808 802 1221 (Open Monday-Friday 10am – 8pm)

Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Service (UK)

Telephone: 0300 999 5428 (Monday and Thursday 2pm - 8pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 10am - 5pm)

NHS Sexual Health Helpline

Freephone: 0300 123 7123 (9am – 8pm)

Minicom: Freephone 0800 521361