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Out in the World: Bay Area fundraiser for LGBTQ refugee group ORAM features gay Ugandan

May 10, 2024

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration had a homecoming in the San Francisco Bay Area in an effort to drum up support and talk about its work.

Berlin becomes refuge for LGBTQ Ukrainians

July 27, 2022

“I feel very secure here,” Shapoval told the Washington Blade on July 22 during an interview at Berlin’s Palais Populaire by Deutsche Bank on the city’s Unter den Linden boulevard.

Shouting about LGBTQ refugees from the rooftop

July 8, 2022

Sometimes the need for something is so urgent it must be shouted from the rooftops. In some ways, that was what the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) was doing at the rooftop deck of Deutsche Bank’s New York headquarters at Columbus Circle, which overlooks the green expanse of Central Park.

How LGBTQI+ to LGBTQI+ support is helping Ukrainian refugees find safety in the EU

June 8, 2022

In just over three months since Russia began its full-scale invasion, nearly seven million people have fled Ukraine as refugees. The vast majority are Ukrainian women and children who have been received in neighbouring countries, mainly with open arms.

Five Calif. Congress members visit Tijuana shelters for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers

May 10, 2022

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration is working to protect and empower LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees globally

Congressmembers highlight LGBTQ asylum seekers’ struggles in visit to border

May 9, 2022

Local representatives visited two Tijuana shelters that specialize in caring for LGBTQ asylum seekers while they wait to request protection in the United States

Inside the 'Horrific' Reality of LGBTIQ Refugees — and Their Fight to Remain 'Resilient'

January 26, 2022

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration is working to protect and empower LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees globally

Bay Area Reporter

Out in the World: LGBTQ refugees in Kenya seize micro-business opportunities

Dec 22, 2021

Some African LGBTQ refugees are finding new hope in Kenya through the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration's livelihoods programs.

The Washington Blade

Biden administration ends ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy  

June 1, 2021

The Biden administration has officially ended a policy that forced asylum seekers to pursue their cases in Mexico.

Los Angeles Blade

LGBTIQ refugees in Kakuma need durable solutions to address challenges 

April 28, 2021

The recent, tragic death of Chriton Atuhwera, a gay refugee who was the victim of an arson attack in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, has caught international attention.

Bay Area Reporter

Out in the World: Gay Kakuma refugee’s death prompts study 

April 22, 2021

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration recently launched an in-depth research project to examine the conditions of LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya.

Queer Forty

How you can help LGBTQ asylum seekers in Kenya 

April 22, 2021

ORAM, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration has announced the launch of an in-depth research project to examine the conditions for LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya.

Washington Blade

Welcome to the U.S. 

March 18, 2021

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Natasha is a transgender woman from Honduras’ Olancho department.

The Washington Blade

Biden immigration directives ‘have given us’ hope 

January 23, 2021

The Biden administration has begun to reverse some of its predecessor’s hardline immigration policies that activists say have made LGBTQ asylum seekers and migrants even more vulnerable... 

The Washington Blade

New corporate mentor initiative for LGBTQ refugees launched 

December 8, 2020

Nearly two dozen companies in North America have agreed to mentor LGBTQ refugees as part of a new initiative announced on Tuesday... 

Out Magazine

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...

Out Leadership

Equality Imperative with Fabrice Houdart: Migration 

September 23, 2020

Out Leadership’s weekly series “Equality Imperative” continues, with this broadcast being a part of the European Summit. Fabrice Houdart will hold another session on human rights-focused topics around the world...

The Bay Area Reporter 

Kenya LGBT refugee protest ends with tear gas and

May 6, 2020

Police attempted to disband a protest of about 60 LGBT refugees outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee's office in Kakuma, Kenya at the end of last week...

The Los Angeles Blade

Trump executive order to suspend US immigration for 60 days 

April 22, 2020

Trump executive order to suspend US immigration for 60 days...

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 Hornet

LGBT Migrants Are Vulnerable to Coronavirus, But Our Community Can Help 

April 6, 2020

Our LGBT communities are impacted in various ways by the global Coronavirus pandemic...

Curve Magazine 

Announces COVID-19 Response for the LGBTQI Community 

March 28th, 2020

LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees are one of the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in the world right now.

Bay Area Report 

Global LGBT organizations mobilize in the face of pandemic 

March 25th, 2020

Global LGBT organizations are responding to the impact of the coronavirus as they work to protect some of the most vulnerable queer people.

Washington Blade 

Coronavirus leaves migrants along Mexico-U.S. border even more vulnerable 

March 21st, 2020 

Tijuana LGBTQ migrant shelter scrambling to prepare for pandemic.

Curve Magazine 

ORAM Welcomes Four Humanitarians, Business Leaders And LGBTIQ Visionaries To Its Board of Directors 

March 13th, 2020 

ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration is delighted to announce the appointment of four new additions to its Board of Directors.

Bay Area Reporter 

Funds running out, Kenya LGBT refugee program seeks help

March 4th, 2020 

LGBT refugees in Nairobi, Kenya might soon find themselves homeless and without any source of income as funding for housing and other programs is rapidly drying up.

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.

The Issue Magazine 

639 Spencer Day Winter 2019 

Dec 25th, 2019 

Once again Spencer is on the cover of an issue of Outword, and why not? Handsome, wildly talented, and coming to Sacramento!

Bay Area Reporter

Microbusiness helps queer refugees in Kenya 

Nov 26th, 2019 

Soap is a necessity to maintain good hygiene, but for the thousands of refugees living in Kenya's notorious Kakuma refugee camp, soap, shampoo, and conditioner are costly commodities to come by.

We Are Channel Q Radio

Sidebar Interview with Steve Roth 

August 30th, 2019 

Steve Roth with be here on Sidebar! He is the CEO of the ORAM Foundation. It is an international organization to help save LGBT refugees in hostile places.

Bay Area Reporter

ORAM appoints new ED 

July 31st, 2019 

Steve Roth has been tapped to head the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration.

Gay City News 

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

July 18th, 2019  

Much of the focus during WorldPride last month may have been on the parties and parades, but among the many events produced was the Human Rights Conference. 

Bay Area Reporter 

LGBT refugee leader steps down 

March 27th, 2019 

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration's founder and leader announced he would be stepping down from the LGBT-focused organization after a decade of advocating for queers fleeing persecution and violence in their homelands.

NBC News 

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.

The Seattle Globalist 

Ugandan LGBT refugees in Kenya seek resettlement in safer place 

April 5th, 2017 

NAIROBI, KENYA — Stephen Maate has had to flee for his safety more than once. The first time came when he was 17. He’d been caught embracing a boy from school and his family turned him out.


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.

The Seattle Globalist 

Ugandan LGBT refugees in Kenya seek resettlement in safer place 

April 5th, 2017 

NAIROBI, KENYA — Stephen Maate has had to flee for his safety more than once. The first time came when he was 17. He’d been caught embracing a boy from school and his family turned him out.

BuzzFeed News 

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.

New Security Beat 

Left Out and Behind: Fully Incorporating Gender into the Climate Discourse 

August 22nd, 2016 

More often than not in the discourse around gender and climate change, the word “gender” is used primarily to refer to women.

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.

UN Dispatch 

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.


Searching for a safe place to be gay 

May 18th, 2016 

Walking down the street while holding hands with his boyfriend could have gotten Subhi Nahas tortured and killed in his hometown of Idlib, Syria, where he says hardline militias target gay men and execute them.

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. 

The Daily Beast

The Secret, Hypocritical Gay World of ISIS 

January 6th, 2016 

The secret, hypocritical gay world of ISIS.

The Washington Blade 

New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S. 

November 3rd, 2015 

Refugees and asylees from 23 countries can now ask to bring their same-sex partners with them to the U.S., even if they are not legally married.

The Stewardship Report 

Group Praises Obama on Refugees, Advocates for LGBT Slots 

September 11th, 2015 

Group Praises Obama on Refugees, Advocates for LGBT Slots 

MTV News 

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.

Vice News

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.

ABC News 

#TalkAboutIt: Five LGBTI issues you  may not know about 

July 8th, 2015  

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face specific challenges in their global fight for equality that goes beyond marriage, advocates say.

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