SPOTLIGHT SERIES:

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Context of Migration

 

The purpose of this Spotlight Series is to analyse how gender identity and sexual orientation impacts migratory issues in different countries. This will be explored through a blog post every few weeks which focuses on the situation in a particular country, thereby shining a 'spotlight' on the specific issues faced in that country. For example, this might include how members of the LGBTQIA+ community are fleeing a country due to the persecution that they face. Another example could be how LGBTQIA+ migrants are treated in the host state.

We invite contributors to write a blog piece between 1000 - 2000 words (although we are flexible about this word count). The blog post should focus on the situation in a particular country to keep analysis as focused as possible. Contributors can submit their piece in their native language alongside an English version, which our team will then edit to make it as coherent as possible. When submitting your piece, please provide us with a couple of sentences about yourself for us to include in the blog post.  

 

We hope that through this series, we will raise awareness of the different prejudices and obstacles faced by LGBTQIA+ migrants. Once we have finished the blog series, it is envisaged that we will host an online conference, inviting all contributors of the Spotlight Series, as well as those interested in this issue. This will allow us draw comparisons between different countries and conclusions about strategies to improve the obstacles faced by migrants.

 

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This series is coordinated by Vítor Lopes Andrade and Imogen Mellor.

 

LGBTIQ+ FORCIBLY DISPLACED PEOPLE’S NEEDS: SAFETY, BELONGING AND FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE

Tina Dixson and Renee Dixson are a couple, feminists, PhD Candidates, activists and founders of the Forcibly Displaced People Network. Tina and Renee have found their home on the unceded lands of the Ngunnawal people (Canberra, Australia).

In this post, they discuss the plight of LGBTIQ+ people who are forcibly displaced. They shine a spotlight on the fact that there is little discussion about the lives of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people in the host countries and whether they are able to find the safety, community and belonging they all are striving for. Little attention is paid to the ongoing and systemic experiences of erasure and marginalisation of LGBTIQ+ people that prevail.

They describe the Forcibly Displaced People Network and suggest steps which services need to take to properly support LGBTIQ+ people who have been forcibly displaced. 

Full article here

 

SPACES OF VIOLENCE, SPACES OF RESISTANCE:

NOTES ON LGBTIQ+ IMMIGRATION IN BRAZIL

Hadriel Theodoro is a doctoral researcher in the Postgraduate Program in Communication and Consumption Practices at the Superior School of Advertisement and Marketing (PPGCOM-ESPM), Brazil. His research is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). 

Hadriel analyses how the LGBTQIA+ community is treated in Brazil. He describes the advances of resources for LGBTQIA+ people in the medical and legal fields, however, Hadriel also explains that there is still a lot of oppression for this community, including the absence of reception services for LGBTQIA+ refugees and immigrants.

Full article in English | Full article in Portuguese

LEGALLY UNRECOGNIZED BUT BUREAUCRATICALLY TOLERATED: QUEER IRANIAN REFUGEES LIVING IN TURKEY 

Shouleh, a lesbian refugee from Iran, told the author, “We (Iranian queer refugees living in Turkey) want only three things: resettlement, financial help, and parties!”. She started the sentence with a serious face and ended it with warm laughter. Mert Koçak, a PhD candidate in Sociology and Social Anthropology, explores Shouleh’s three demands. In doing so, Mert highlights the obstacles that many queer Iranian refugees face when attempting to live in Turkey.  

Full article in English | Full article in Turkish

 

LEGALLY UNRECOGNIZED BUT BUREAUCRATICALLY TOLERATED: QUEER IRANIAN REFUGEES LIVING IN TURKEY 

Shouleh, a lesbian refugee from Iran, told the author, “We (Iranian queer refugees living in Turkey) want only three things: resettlement, financial help, and parties!”. She started the sentence with a serious face and ended it with warm laughter. Mert Koçak, a PhD candidate in Sociology and Social Anthropology, explores Shouleh’s three demands. In doing so, Mert highlights the obstacles that many queer Iranian refugees face when attempting to live in Turkey.  

Full article in English | Full article in Turkish

 

ORIENTALIST BRITAIN: MANAGING THE INCLUSION/EXCLUSION OF RACIALISED SEXUAL OTHERS INTO THE UK 

Rosa dos Ventos Lopes Heimer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. She holds a BSc in Sociology from the Federal University of Bahia and a MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities from the London School of Economics. Before joining King's, Rosa worked in research, policy and managing regional, national and international projects in the intersecting areas of gender equality, migration, violence against women and LGBTQI rights nationally and internationally. Her doctoral research explores the ways in which coloniality informs the experiences of violence and resistance of Latin American migrant women in the UK who are survivors of intimate partner violence. Her PhD is funded by the CAPES Brazil.

She explores the refugee law in relation to sexual-based claims of asylum, which can be considered as a contributor to sexual oppression of queer people seeking asylum in the UK.

Full article in English 

LGBTIQ+ REFUGEES EXIST AND BELIEVE:

CHALLENGING THE BINARY WESTERN THOUGHTS ON ASYLUM SEEKERS, RELIGION, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

Ernesto Fiocchetto is an Argentinean Sociologist and Specialist in Religion and Migration. He studied and worked at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, from 2001 until 2017, when he moved to the US to start his graduate studies at Florida International University (FIU). At FIU, he earned a Masters in Religious Studies and, currently, he is a Ph.D. student in International Relations. He also works as a Graduate Assistant for the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence. His research interests center on the multidimensional intersection of transnational mobility, sexual orientation and gender identities, and religion. For his dissertation, he explores the displacement and reception and integration processes of LGBTIQ+ Latin American asylum claimants in the EU and the US and the role of religion, particularly faith actors, in such processes.

He challenges the binary Western thoughts on asylum seekers, religion, and sexual orientation and gender identity.

Full article in English   | Full article in Spanish

 
 

LGBTQIA+ ACTIVISTS AND REFUGEES – RACIALIZING ACTIVISM AND DECOLONIZING SOLIDARITY IN SPAIN

Nathali Arias is an Afro-Dominican activist and doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex school of Global Studies where she tutors in the Gender and Development module. She received an MSc from Queen Mary University of London in Migration, Culture and Global Health Policy in 2016, and has a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University. For her doctoral thesis Nathali is exploring the experiences of legally precarious migrant women, and the roles of care work and migrant-led activism in Cataluña, Spain.

She writes about the hostile immigration, social and labour policies which restrict the movement and rights of refugees in Spain. 

Full article in English | Full article in Spanish

 

On Queering Movement amid Historical Invisibility: Sexuality, Gender and Migration

Jasmin is a Canadian-Lebanese researcher, writer, editor, reviewer, instructor and consultant in the areas of Forced Migration, Gender and Conflict. She is the Refugee Health Program Coordinator at the American University of Beirut's Global Health Institute, as well as a Research Associate on the Political Economy of Health in Conflict under its Conflict Medicine Program. Jasmin is a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University (Canada), an Adjunct Professor in Gender and Migration at the Fatima Al-Fihri Open University (Morocco) and a Junior Fellow at the 'War, Conflict and Global Migration' Think Tank of the Global Research Network (UK). In other roles, she serves as the MENA Regional Focal Point on Migration of the United Nations General Assembly-mandated UN Major Group for Children and Youth (USA), and as a Senior Consultant on Forced Migration and Gender at Cambridge Consulting Services (UK). 

Jasmin is a Founding Member of the 'Migration and International Law in Africa, Middle East and Turkey International Network', dedicated to the research of Migration through the Global South (2018 to present), and has served as a Reviewer to the Journal of Internal Displacement (Canada), a Reviewer and Copy-Editor to the journal 'Refugee Review' (Canada), and as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Applied Professional Studies at Marywood University (USA) since 2020.

She is completing a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Asylum, Refugees and Security at the esteemed Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, INSEEC U. in France, and is the author of two books and over sixty academic and para-academic publications on intersectional issues across Migration, Gender, Conflict, Human Rights, International Relations and International Law.

Jasmin writes about the history of migration and queerness, exploring laws which excluded LGBT+ migrants from seeking asylum. She concludes by suggesting what approaches we should take in the future in order to be more receptive of LGBT+ immigrants.