Find safe resources for LGBTQ asylum in the U.S.


AsylumConnect team members welcome LGBTQ asylum seekers to the U.S. (Video created in Nov. 2017.)



Transgenders are not recognized legally, nor socially [in my country]. I know that I either leave this place or die. Any information [on the LGBTQ asylum process] will be very valuable to me as I am all by myself here I have no friends knowing about me nor any family member. My only source is the internet.
— Trans asylum seeker from the Middle East
I hope I can live a real social life with a man in a free and a gay friendly country. I can’t have a relationship with a guy in my home country. If I do that, I may get prosecuted, killed by police or even by my own family.
— Gay asylum seeker from Northern Africa
My life has been nothing but normal, I have to live a double life, this isn’t life at all. I am planning to move to the US to live like a normal human being without fear of persecution. I really am tired of this country and it’s hatred. So please, show me the way, I am beginning a new chapter in my life but I don’t know how to approach this.
— Gay asylum seeker from the Middle East
Here its a capital offense to be a gay, currently I am in hiding I can’t exercise my rights, they want to arrest me and here we don’t have any LGBT [people] because of too much fear from the Government.
— Gay asylum seeker from Africa

An Introduction to AsylumConnect.

The Crisis

Every year, thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers come to the U.S. fleeing persecution in their home countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet upon arrival in the U.S., many LGBTQ asylum seekers don’t know where it is safe to go for help during the complex and lengthy asylum process. Many fear "help” will discriminate due to their LGBTQ identity.



How We Help

The AsylumConnect catalog currently helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe resources during the U.S. asylum process. LGBTQ asylum seekers can use our free resource website and app to meet their needs in: housing, legal, food, medical, mental health, social support, employment, education, and more. Nonprofits and lawyers can also use our catalog to find safe resource referrals for LGBTQ clients.

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Thank you so much. I was trying to gather information such as yours, but this is the most comprehensive I have ever read.
— LGBTQ asylum seeker from Jamaica to AsylumConnect