Resource Guides

These publications provide excellent guidance for people interested in setting up or improving support services to LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S. Click on images to download the reports.

Existing grassroots support groups are also useful ports of call for guidance to joining, or setting up an LGBT asylum support group. See here for more information.


LGBT-FAN’s Stronger Together: A Guide to Supporting LGBT Asylum Seekers was launched in October 2015, with support from the Human Rights Campaign and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Over 100 people contributed to Stronger Together, which is intended to bolster the growing movement of LGBT asylum seeker support and advocacy. The publication was informed by detailed surveys, interviews and review sessions with service providers, immigration lawyers, researchers and—most importantly—over 70 asylum seekers and asylees.

To inquire about ordering hard copies of Stronger Together, please email

Heartland Alliance International

Heartland Alliance International published Rainbow Response: A Practical Guide to Resettling LGBT Refugees and Asylees, their guide to aiding LGBTQ asylum seekers, asylees and refugees resettle in the USA, in 2013. The publication is intended to support resettlement service providers in their efforts to tailor core services and meet the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender refugees and asylees. An update to the guide is available here.

Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM)

It offers advice and guidance to groups working to advocate for and help resettle LGBT asylum seekers, asylees and refugees.

Bridges of Faith is a supplement to that report, specifically designed for faith-based groups.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights

The National Center for Lesbian Rights produced the guide The Challenges to Successful Lesbian Asylum Claims, which should be particularly useful for legal service providers.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

This guide provides a general overview of resources available for asylees. It does not discuss LGBT people specifically, but is a useful resource.

1 2 3