Archive Monthly Archives: May 2021

2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Interphobia

On this day in 1990 the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to no longer list homosexuality as a mental illness. Many years passed since then. However, LGBTI+ people around the world are still discriminated, harrassed, imprisoned and sometimes killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today, and everyday, let’s fight and celebrate, remember and advocate.

Let’s stand together for any human being’s freedom to be, love and live.

Since 2016, ATLAS (Aid To LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers) initiative has been offering a safe and friendly support group for LGBTQ+ refugees, their family, and friends. In coordination with ATLAS, Za’atar built a program designed to ease the transition into European life for these individuals. It provides a variety of services such as:

  • Operating a Helpline for LGBTQ+ refugees worldwide in Farsi, Arabic, French and English
  • Providing a safe space at The Orange House for people of all sexual orientations and genders
  • Teaching the broader refugee community about LGBTQ+ rights
  • Ensuring all volunteers are LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Organizing LGBTQ+ social events to enable members of the community to meet and exchange with one another.

Since the end of 2020, in times of lockdown and social distancing, were LGBTQ+ refugee and migrant people have been particularly vulnerable, Za’atar NGO launched two peer-support discussion groups which, started online, are now going in-person ! You can join us by sending a message to the Orange House phone: +30 69 40671 666.

Find out more about Za’atar NGO and our other initiatives by visiting our website and Facebook page.