12/15 - Task Force Fundraiser!
Would you like to sing Christmas Carols around a piano?
Would you like to dance like no one was looking...
right in the middle of a church?
Would you like to experience fabulous Drag Queens lip-syncing with the STARS?
December 15, 3pm
Hadwen Park Congregational Church, UCC
6 Clover St., Worcester, Mass 01603
Oh yes, and a little party after!
Cookies and punch and pictures with Santa!
LGBT Asylum seekers need our help!
DonateLearn more by coming to our next monthly meeting, first Mondays, 6:30pm at Hadwen Park Church.
Contact, Pastor Judy Hanlon, chair, email@example.com
Did You Know...
- There are laws against homosexuality in 87 countries around the world?
- In 72 countries, you could be imprisoned if you are part of the LGBT community?
- In 7 of those countries, the punishment is the death penalty?
- In some of those countries "corrective rape" is common and sometimes committed by government officials?
Fortunately, There is Help
The LGBT Asylum Support Task Force is a group of dedicated volunteers in Central Massachusetts who provide support to clients of the LGBT Human Rights Protection Project of Lutheran Social Services who are seeking political asylum in the U.S. based on their sexual orientation. As of October 2012, the Task Force has supported more than 50 individuals.
Asylum seekers are vulnerable and traumatized individuals who have fled to the U.S. in fear of being killed or harmed in their countries of origin due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The violence resulting from homophobia and anti-homosexuality laws in many countries in the world is rampant.
Because most asylum seekers are not permitted to work during their legal process, they do not have the means to support themselves. They often arrive in the U.S. with nothing but the clothes on their backs having used all of their resources getting here. Moreover, they remain particularly isolated because frequently they cannot turn to people from their own country in the U.S. for assistance or support as it is their fellow countrymen from whom they are fleeing.
The volunteers of LGBT Asylum Support Task Force contribute to the financial, housing, social, and spiritual needs of asylum seekers in many ways:
- raising money to help pay rent and bills,
- recruiting volunteers to host asylum seekers to live in their homes,
- donating clothing, toiletries, and household items,
- driving them to appointments, and
- providing a safe and supportive social environment.
This is often the first time they have been able to publicly express their sexual orientation and it is incredibly empowering. For many, this is the first time they have been able to witness same sex couples and families living normal everyday lives and it gives them great hope for their futures.
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