Launch statement for LGBT’s Support Migrants and Refugees – WF UAF

The sight of people risking their lives to escape war, poverty and oppression has been heart-breaking. The callous response from the British government stands in stark contrast to the compassion and commitment of ordinary people who have risen up across towns, cities and villages to organise and bring solidarity to the refugees.

A group of LGBT people have been active in Stand Up to Racism and Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. They know what it’s like to be scapegoated, made to feel like outsiders and to be persecuted by the media. They will not allow oppression, division and hatred to succeed. They ask all LGBT people who are dismayed by the plight of refugees to join them now to build practical and political solidarity.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

They will be taking their banner to Calais on the Stand Up To Racism convoy on 17th October, along with all the supplies and money they can collect in the meantime. They will liaise with emergency organisations on the ground at Calais and other crisis areas.

  • All ideas welcome – please join us
  • No to oppression and persecution
  • Tear down the barriers: REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE

Nicola Field original member of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride
Annette Pryce LGBT Executive member National Union of Teachers
Peter Tatchell and the Peter Tatchell Foundation
Peter Purton, TUC LGBT Policy Officer
Juno Roche: Work-inTrans & Transworkers UK
Aaron Kiely Stand Up To Racism / student officer at Unite Against Fascism
Jane Czyzselska, Editor of DIVA magazine
Rob Lugg, Chair, BECTU LGBT Committee
Merlin Reader, chair, Communication Workers Union LGBTA Committee
Louise Carolin, deputy editor, DIVA magazine
Ione Gamble, Polyster Zine
Leo Francisco, Queerzone 3000
Claudia Moroni, Sisters Uncut
Pliny Soocoormanee, Peter Tatchell Foundation
Simon Casson, Promoter, Duckie
Mare Traller, RIP Pride
Donna Riddingtongton, RIP Pride
Richard Smith, Fagburn blogger
David Sharkey, SERTUC LGBT network secretary
Dean Davidson, PCS PROUD Midlands
Rory Shannon, UNISON LGBT West Midlands
Geoff Dexter Stand Up to Racism Birmingham
Sally Kincaid Divisional Secretary Wakefield & District National Union of Teachers
Rashida Islam
John Hoggett
All signatures are in a personal capacity

Please add your name, contact details and position/organisation by messaging their facebook page: www.facebook.com/LGBTsSupportRefugees

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