February 16: It’s about the life they want. (The LGBT episode)

It’s LGBT history month, and to celebrate we are bringing you some of the voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender refugees, and those that work to help them integrate and find new lives:

– Javid Nabiyev, an Azerbaijani political activist who fled after being publicly outed, tells us of the continued struggle in a new home.

– Gesa Rittinghaus works for Miles, a centre for LGBT refugees in Berlin. She’s seen firsthand just how nuanced and difficult integration can be.

– And finally, Mahmoud Hassino is a Syrian journalist who fled to Turkey in 2011. He founded Syria’s first gay magazine, Mawaleh, and organised the country’s first gay talent competition: Mr. Gay Syria.

Help make the film of Mr. Gay Syria happen here: www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/…y-syria-film

Check out the work of Gesa’s project here: berlin.lsvd.de/projekte/miles/

And get involved with Queer Refugees for Pride here: refugee-pride.org/index.php/de/

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The Migrant Crisis Podcast

The Migrant Crisis Podcast seeks to cover the ongoing situation involving migration in Europe and beyond. We give a global outlook on events, provide expert analysis of policy decisions (and explain why they matter) and attempt to wade through the media narratives around migration to get the root of the issues. We are unashamedly pro-migrant and pro-refugee, and we always seek to let migrants share their experiences in their own words. We are based in Berlin and London, but our network of contacts is spread wide over the world, from Sydney to Syria and Sao Paulo.

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