LGBT Asylum: Survivors’ Perspectives

September 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Strut Third Floor
470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Alex Ray

Eighty countries have laws that criminalize homosexuality; and ten may apply the death penalty against those who are caught breaking the law. Every year, the US offers asylum to LGBT individuals from around the world who seek sanctuary, but the process is frequently complex and convoluted.

On Monday, September 18, please join The LGBT Asylum Project for a panel discussion at Strut that explores the experience of two people who were granted LGBT asylum in the US. Asylees and immigration attorneys will reflect on their own experiences and discuss what it means for LGBT people whose lives are at risk to seek asylum.

Musical performances by LGBT asylees will follow the discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Alaa Eddine Lahmadi, Human rights activist
  • Subhi Nahas, Syrian refugee and founder of the Spectra Project
  • Okan Sengun & Brooke Westling, Co-Founders of The LGBT Asylum Project

Adam Sandel from the LGBT Asylum Project will moderate the panel.

Musical performances by:

  • Alaa Eddine Lahmadi, Tunisia
  • Igor Chudak, Russia
  • Mete Tasin, Turkey

Long-time community activist Donna Sachet will welcome guests and introduce the discussion.