10 years of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group
14 April 2017 — 25 June 2017
Time 10:00 - 17:00
Duration 7 hours
Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG). We want to work with groups that haven’t worked with the museum before, and we’ve approached LISG to work with us.
This will involve more in-depth working than we usually do for community exhibitions, but it should give people an opportunity to have their voices heard who wouldn’t ordinarily get the opportunity.
LISG are a group of women in Greater Manchester who are lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees and their supporters.
The group was set up in 2007 as an anti-deportation campaign for a lesbian from Sierra Leone. In February 2008 the campaign was successful and she was given leave to remain in Britain. Due to the high profile of this campaign more lesbian asylum seekers contacted the group during this time looking for support. They therefore decided to continue as a general support group for lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees.
The group now consists of several volunteers supporting over 15 refugees and asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan, Jamaica, Liberia, The Gambia, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa and Pakistan.
Many of the women contacting LISG did not feel able to be open generally about their sexuality. The group gives these women a place to be themselves with other lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers, refugees and supporters.
Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.
Suitable for all ages
Sent out approximately every two months.