Love and rage: a queer refugee publication
Over the past past months we have been doing storytelling workshop with the members of LGBTQI+ Refugee Solidarity Lesvos. We used dance, movement, comics, drawing, oral storytelling and writings to tell stories that were real, invented, queer, funny, impressive, sad and beautiful. The goal was to make a book. To tell the outside world: ‘We are here,’. To find solidarity, support, and to reach out to other queer people on Lesvos that haven’t yet been able to find the group. With our book we will contribute to telling a global story of resilience, power and queer solidarity that smashes borders.
And… it is almost ready to print! We will print it ‘at home’ with our Risograph, and we can already say that it will be real special. The books will be available in Lesvos and through international activists in many other places in Europe and perhaps beyond.
Want to know more about the book? Do you have ideas or ways to support? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the group
On Lesvos, as probably everywhere in the world, LGBTQI+ refugees are particularly at risk of exposure and violence. Moria camp is systematically overcrowded and the facilities are extremely poor. Being forced to live in such close quarters exposes LGBTQI+ refugees to sexual, physical and psychological violence. There is an absolute absence of specific support for LGBTQI+ refugees, so needs are institutionally disregarded. Some members of Lesvos LGBTQI+ Refugee Solidarity have been beaten and even hospitalised in homophobic and transphobic attacks. Some fear rape whenever they are in the camp. All have had to repress their identity, living cheek by jowl among communities which replicate the persecution they fled in the first place.
Lesvos LGBTQI+ Refugee Solidarity has been active as a grass-roots collective since July 2017. The group came into existence organically, as members of the LGBTQI+ refugee community began to identify members of the non-refugee LGBTQI+ community as trusted points of contact and support. The group meets every week to provide a safe space to talk, organise and share useful information specific to LGBTIQ+
For more information about the group: https://www.facebook.com/LesvosLGBTIQRefugeeSolidarity/