LGBTQIA+ migrants are a vulnerable group in society who need crucial attention and support. The lack of availability of information in the context of the LGBTQIA+ migrant community created the need for a platform to inform this group and the people they work with. AIR (Arc-en-Ciel International Rainbow) is a platform that includes an information part in the field of LGBTQIA+ migration in the world, with a specific focus on Belgium.
The information provided is intended for freedom-seekers, homeless people, international protection seekers and refugees, as well as professionals working with them. It also provides resources, news, and tools for everyone who is directly - or indirectly - in contact with LGBTQIA+ migrants in Belgium.
The contents on the platform and website were created based on the needs of these groups, with information collected through intense field work.
AIR was developed by Arc-en-Ciel Wallonie, thanks to financial support from EGIDES (L’Alliance International Francophone pour l’Égalité et les Diversités) and the Walloon Region. It’s the evolution of the original ‘Africa Gay Rights’ website (created and developed by Maison Arc-en-Ciel in Luxembourg).
• Creating a comprehensive database on LGBTQIA+ migrants
• Providing the necessary information for the relevant audience, including freedom seekers, homeless people, international protection seekers and refugees with emphasis on LGBTQIA+ individuals
• Providing essential information and resources for professionals such as social workers, psychologists, lawyers, etc. who work with LGBTQIA+ migrants
• Releasing prominent news and events related to LGBTQIA+ immigrants
• Providing resources related to immigration and the LGBTQIA+ community, including organizations, associations, foundations, etc.
• Portraying LGBTQIA+ life facts in the most LGBTQIA+-phobic countries of the world
• Sharing LGBTQIA+ migrant community facts by testimonies and life stories
• Developing an info-point to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ international protection-seekers and refugees professionals dealing with LGBTQIA+ immigrant community
• Improving knowledge and quality of life for LGBTQIA+ migrants
• Promoting awareness about LGBTQIA+ migrations facts and issues
• Fighting against LGBTQIA+-phobia