Hosted by EROSS @ DCU, the Dublin LGBTQI+ Refugees/Asylum Seekers conference took place on Friday April 9th  & Saturday April 10th  2021. 

This was a non-profit event. Additional conference monies raised will be donated to a registered charity to be announced soon.

At the end of 2019, there were approximately 4.2 million people around the world waiting for a decision on their asylum claims (UNHCR). 

Amongst them is a particularly vulnerable group: LGBTQI+ people: sons, daughters, parents, partners and lovers, with horrendous histories of imprisonment, bodily harm, torture, and psychological trauma.These atrocities are inflicted on them by their own governments, countrymen, and, worst of all, friends and families.

This conference aims to discuss the situation of LGBTQI+  asylum seekers and refugees  who have committed no crime, yet cannot live freely in their own countries due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Call for Papers

Submissions are invited from papers dealing with LGBTQI+ Refugees/Asylum Seekers, and aspects of:

  • Displacements (cultural and geographic).
  • Identity, openness and disclosure.
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) agency.
  • Systems of asylum, migration and integration.
  • Local queer communities, acknowledgement, access and acceptance.
  • Art, artivism and activism.

The language of the conference is English.

Dublin Submissions and Registration.


Plenary Address 1: Dr Patricia Brazil, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Plenary Address 2: Dr Calogero Giametta, Université Aix Marseille, France

Plenary Address 3: Mr Evgeny Shtorn, Refugee and Activist, Ireland

Interview :  Bulelani Mfaco (MASI)

Panel 1: Seeking Refuge in a Prejudiced Land - LGBTQ+ Asylum-Seekers in Illiberal Hungary

Panel 2: Assessing and Assisting Transgender Asylum

Panel 3: Hidden Lives - Hidden Stress : Migrant MSM and Sexual Health

Roundtable Access and Supports in the LGBT Community - Experiences, Challenges and Lessons Learnt

Curatorial Walk: Carlos Motta (U.S.A.)

Discussion Beyond Bangladesh, Melting Point Paris

On the occasion of each conference, there will be a series of podcasts organised by lautrefiction (in French and English), aiming at gathering voices of LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers. For further information please contact

Organising Committee

Mr Angelos Bollas, SALIS & EROSS, Dublin City University

Mr David Carroll, SALIS & EROSS, Dublin City University

Dr Alicia Castillo Villanueva, SALIS & EROSS, Dublin City University

Mr Jean-Philippe Imbert, SALIS & EROSS, Dublin City University

Dr Marian Lara-Jaen, EROSS, Dublin City University

Dr Tanya Lokot, School of Communications, Dublin City University

Mr Eoin McCarney, SALIS & EROSS, Dublin City University

Ms Martha Whyte, Outhouse, Dublin


Conference: Friday April 9th  & Saturday April 10th  2021