ORAM in the News
LGBTQ+ Refugees Must Tell Their Own Stories, And You Need to Listen
October 5, 2020
The video of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 has triggered a wave of protests against police brutality and systematic racism in the United States and around the globe...
The Washington Blade
Tijuana shelter protects LGBTQ immigrants from coronavirus
April 29, 2020
Around 20 LGBTQ immigrants, the majority of whom are transgender women from countries throughout Latin America, are isolated and protected from the threat of the coronavirus in the Jardín de las Mariposas shelter in the Mexican border city of Tijuana...
The New Humanitarian
US asylum shutdown leaves LGBTQ+ people stranded and in danger in Mexico
August 13th, 2020
A transgender woman, Alejandra thought the authorities at the US southern border would protect her. Instead, she was given an assigned number in the thousands and told to wait in Tijuana until it was called.
Following pride event, Kenya’s gay refugees fear for their lives
June 20th, 2018
The Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya held its first LGBTQ pride event on Saturday, but now the event’s organizers are in fear for their lives.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Forgotten twice: the untold story of LGBT refugees
January 23rd, 2018
Imagine having to flee your own country because of being persecuted for who you are and for who you love. Imagine reaching Europe and being locked up in a detention centre at constant risk of being assaulted. Imagine having to restart your life in a foreign country, in poverty, and at risk of being sexually exploited.
How Can You Help Queer Chechens Under Attack? Start by Tagging the President on Instagram
April 20th, 2017
When faced with the kind of brutality currently being shown to gay and bi men in Chechnya, the natural impulse is to look for something—anything—that we can do to stand against it. But for a situation so remote and opaque, it’s hard to know where to begin. OutRight Action International has one easy suggestion: Tag Chechnya’s strong-man president on Instagram.
These Are The LGBT Refugees Trapped by Donald Trump’s Immigration Order
January 26th, 2017
DENIZLI, Turkey — A group of 12 queer Iranians in hiding in Turkey had gathered for a small party on Tuesday night when someone spotted the report that President Donald Trump planned to stop resettling refugees in the United States.
The Daily Beast
He Escaped ISIS to Lead NYC Pride: Subhi Naha’s Fight for LGBT Refugees
June 16th, 2016
You can understand why Subhi Nahas and his boyfriend, Mark Averett, might be looking a little shell-shocked—in the happiest way—as they exit the elevator of their swish Manhattan hotel, bedecked in rainbow flags.
The Orlando Massacre proves that anti-LGBT violence is a threat to international peace and security
June 13th, 2016
Last August, two gay men living under the threat of ISIS testified before a special session of the Security Council, which is the body of the United Nations charged with tackling threats to international peace and security.
KAWL Public Radio
Gay and Syrian: One refugee’s journey to San Francisco
Feb 10th, 2016
San Francisco Film Festival's “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” introduces us to four young LGBTQ refugees who came to San Francisco from the Congo, Angola, and Syria. The Syrian man in that film, Subhi Nahas, was taken in by a couple in Oakland when he first arrived.
This Gay Syrian Refugee Found Asylum in the U.S. And Now He’s on An Amazing Journey
September 10th, 2015
It's not safe to be gay in Syria. All same-sex sexual activity is illegal -- LGBT people can face prison sentences of up to three years if their sexual orientation is exposed, and while it's unsafe for just about everyone in Syria right now, the persecution of the LGBT community has gotten even worse than it used to be in the midst of Syria's civil war.
Gay Men Face Horrors at the Hands of the Islamic State, But Few Can Resettle in the US
August 25th, 2015
LGBT individuals who escaped from Islamic State rule in Iraq and Syria say basic steps in the resettlement process for individuals persecuted for their sexual and gender identity are still arduous.