Pride Amsterdam
Canal Parade boat

#03 UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, offers protection to refugees and seeks solutions for them. UNHCR recognises and protects people who flee because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. UNHCR offers them shelter in safe houses and (psychosocial) medical care. UNHCR also resettles LGBT refugees because of their vulnerability in the country of asylum. In […]

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, offers protection to refugees and seeks solutions for them. UNHCR recognises and protects people who flee because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. UNHCR offers them shelter in safe houses and (psychosocial) medical care. UNHCR also resettles LGBT refugees because of their vulnerability in the country of asylum.

In the Netherlands, UNHCR, which is in contact with hundreds of LGBTI asylum seekers through a broad network, offers legal support for asylum applications. We lobby for better LGBT policies and for fair procedures in line with international treaties.

Worldwide, LGBT people are still discriminated against, persecuted and threatened with imprisonment or death every day. In 70 countries homosexuality is punishable. Many see no other choice than to flee. This should not be a choice. No one should have to flee because of who you love or who you are. In the Netherlands too, there is still important work to be done. Many LHBTI are threatened or become isolated. Too often, LGBT asylum seekers are expected to return to countries where their lives are in danger. UNHCR Netherlands stands together with LHBTI asylum seekers and refugees in Pride month and every month of the year.

With our participation in the boat parade, UNHCR wants to express the struggle of asylum seekers and refugees in their country of origin, and often still in the country of asylum, to express their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. On the boat, we want to celebrate the found freedom but also draw attention to the fact that this struggle is still being waged by many people and that, unfortunately, persecution of LGBTQI+ persons still takes place every day.