On January 15, 2016, AsylumConnect will launch the #ShadowsSpeakUp Instagram campaign to raise much-needed awareness for the 300,000 LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. During the two-week campaign (January 15 – January 29), AsylumConnect will ask both asylum seekers and non-asylum seekers to take action through posting a picture of their shadow on Instagram with the hashtag #ShadowsSpeakUp. Participants are also highly encouraged to share their thoughts in the photo’s caption on why people should care about raising awareness for LGBTQ asylum seekers.
We chose "shadows" as our concept because it is unfortunately still dangerous for many LGBTQ asylum seekers to disclose their identities. Our shadows concept allows for asylum seekers to participate fully in our campaign and to be heard without compromising their confidentiality.
Want to participate in the campaign but don't have an Instagram account? No problem! Email firstname.lastname@example.org a picture of your shadow with a brief description (e.g. Katie, 22-years-old, U.S.) along with your answer to the question: "Why do you care about raising awareness for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S.?" And lookout for your submission to be featured on the AsylumConnect Instagram account.