Who we assist

We recognize that the term “LGBT” is in some ways limited. As such, we have put together a statement clarifying who we assist:

“Individuals accessing assistance may, or may not, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Many individuals who flee their countries because of their perceived sexual and/or gender non-conformity identify as queer or intersex, and others choose not to self-assign a label to their identity and expression. LGBT-FAN’s assistance is inclusive to and affirming of individuals whose vocabulary and conceptualizations differ from the dominant paradigm but for whom the risks remain the same. Assistance is also available to human rights defenders who do not identify as LGBT but who have advocated on behalf of the LGBT community and who have fled their country after facing similar threats and/or abuses.”

– Taken from the LGBT-FAN Bylaws, p.1