The assembled LGBTIQ+ media of Flanders call on their readers and visitors to support the action of Forbidden Colors as much as possible and to respond to the call made by State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi Monday to receive Ukrainian refugees if possible. Many (LGBTIQ+) citizens are in serious danger from Russia’s aggression.
The Russian aggression against Ukraine has shocked the whole world. It is estimated that around 1.4 million refugees will cross the Ukrainian border in the upcoming months. Many of them will belong to the LGBTIQ+ community. In the past, refugee camps have proven not to be a safe place for LGBTIQ+ people.
That is why the Brussels non-profit organization “Forbidden Colors” has started a fundraiser to support partner organizations in Poland, Hungary and Romania that will be hosting LGBTIQ+ refugeesvin the next weeks. They will provide primary care, such as housing. In the meantime, Forbidden Colors pleads with senior government officials for a more sustainable solution within the European Union for these LGBTIQ+ refugees.
The director of Forbidden Colours, Rémy Bonny (he/him), will leave for Poland on today to further coordinate the actions: “This is all hands on deck for peace, human rights and democracy in Europe. When we the intelligence services were contacted two weeks ago about a list to liquidate LGBTIQ+ activists in Ukraine after the invasion, we immediately contacted our partners. We must support our Ukrainian friends in their fight for freedom and dare to roll up our sleeves ourselves.”
With a donation, everyone helps an LGBTIQ+ person to survive Vladimir Putin’s cruelty. Intelligence obtained from the Washington Post has proven that Russia has a list of Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps ” after the invasion. The list also includes LGBTIQ+ activists. Donations can be made at https://tiltify.com/@remybonny/support-ukrainian-lgbtiq-refugees
Taking in refugees in our country
On Monday, State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi pleaded that Belgians, who want to take in Ukrainian refugees should register at the city halls of their city. Together with the National Crisis Center, the municipalities are responsible for coordinating housing on the site. The joint LGBTIQ+ publications like Trip by Trip, Touristicogay, Gaylive.be and Gaybars.eu also support this call together with brand ambassador Jens Geerts and us from Pink In Our Lives. 🌈❤️
More information about this iniative of Forbidden Colours you can contact Rémy Bonny via email@example.com
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