Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other gender non-conforming refugees and asylum seekers face unique and difficult challenges. While most of the members in this group fled their home country to escape war, they are additionally not welcome in most migrant communities because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This makes them double marginalized and susceptible to many more dangers than an average refugee.

Aman LGBT+ Shelter is a safe home for refugees in emergency situations, where they can gain back a sense of community and support.

Many LGBT+ refugees face discrimination, abuse, attacks, death threats, and homelessness. Economic and social pressures leave this group vulnerable to sexual violence, abusive relationships, forced sex work, drug abuse, and medical issues such as sexually transmitted infections.

The shelter’s goals are to offer a safe space and temporary housing for LGBT+ refugees along with psychological support, medical care, food, language courses, life planning, and job training. When cases come to us, we interview them and create a plan based on their needs. They can stay in the shelter for up to 3 months, while we provide needed food, housing, care, and language training. After their stay with us in the shelter, we work to create a sustainable long term plan for housing and employment.

We are grateful to have this opportunity to support LGBT+ folks in need. Seeing our residents open up and feel comfortable with who they are, some for the first time in their lives, is a beautiful thing. We invite you to join us and stand in solidarity with them.

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2 SAFE HOUSES

200 USD PER MONTH FOR OUTREACH GROCERY CARDS

4.50 USD PER PERSON PER MONTH FOR WEEKLY FRESH FOOD

500 USD PER MONTH FOR EMERGENCY HOUSING SUPPORT FOR AROUND

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