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

Patricia Brazil LL.B., M.Litt, Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law, is the Averil Deverell Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin where she lectures in refugee and immigration law, family law and child law. She has also practised as a barrister since 2004, specialising in the areas of asylum and immigration, family and child law. 

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

Calogero Giametta, Ph.D., is a sociologist with a research focus on gender, sexuality and the political economy of migration.His many publications examine how migration control operates through (sexual) humanitarian interventions under neoliberal democracies - in France and in the UK. More precisely, he focuses on anti-human trafficking interventions and the right of asylum. 

Plenary 3: Evgeny Shtorn, Dublin, Ireland

Evgeny Shtorn is a writer, activist and researcher from St. Petersburg. In 2018, he was forced to leave Russia. In 2019, he was granted international protection in the Republic of Ireland. His writing has been published in academic journals, anthologies and new media outlets in Russia, Spain, Germany, and Ireland. As an activist, Shtorn has been involved in human rights and LGBT advocacy for almost two decades. In 2020, Shtorn was awarded the GALAs Person of the Year award by the National LGBT Federation of Ireland

Three Panels:

Panel 1: 

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

Dr Lilla Hárdi M.D. has been working as the medical director and the psychiatrist of Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims since 1996 in Budapest, Hungary and personally examined and treated survivors of torture, writing several medical-legal reports. Dr Zsolt Szekres (Hungarian Helsinki Committee) provides legal assistance and representation for asylum-seekers at risk of human rights violations. He is a member of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee's strategic litigation working group and the Hungarian focal point of the European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA). Both are going to discuss the situation of LGBT asylum seekers when faced with a government's homophobic and transphobic agenda.


Panel 2:

Assessing and Assisting Transgender asylum 

More details to come 

Panel 3:

 Hidden Lives -Hidden Stress 

Mick Quinlan, (Volunteer Director & Founder of the  Gay Health Network, Ireland)  and Daniel McCartney, (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK) will discuss how reaching MSM who are migrants, refugees or asylum seekers has presented difficulties especially in relation to homophobia and fear of being out.  Many LGBTI communities and STI services do have some contact based on the need of the individual who attends for a service or support.  This panel will discuss the Men From Afar reports, EMIS-2017 Ireland Community Report 4 (on men not born in the Republic of Ireland), and some details from the full EMIS 2017 report.  

Four encounters:

Curated Walk :

Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta's multi-disciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. As a historian of untold narratives and an archivist of repressed histories, Motta is committed to in-depth research on the struggles of post-colonial subjects and societies.  

Interview : 

 Bulelani Mfaco 

 Growing up in the apartheid ghetto of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, Bulelani Mfaco became involved at an early age in protests for adequate housing & access to land with Abahlali BaseMjondolo, health care in the Khayelitsha Health Forum, and improved policing in neighbourhood watches. In  2017 he claimed asylum, seeking protection from violence and targeted killings of LGBT+ people. He is one of the Spokespersons at MASI – the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland where he is campaigning for the right to work for all asylum seekers,  and to end the Direct Provision system. 


A Conversation :

Beyond Bangladesh 

This session will consist of an informal dialogue with  LGBT+ Bangladeshi refugees, on their lived experiences of fleeing their home country, travelling the world in order to arrive in France, and the intersectional issues at stake. 

Roundtable :

Access & Supports for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the LGBT community

 How can LGBT services best respond to the needs of Asylum Seekers or Refugees who may be LGBTI? What are the existing supports available, and what are the gaps in provision to this vulnerable and 'hard to reach' cohort? How can we ensure the voices and participation of Asylum seekers/refugees are encouraged in queer communities? With Diego Caixeta, HIV Ireland /John Paul O'Brien, Safe Space-Outhouse / Collette O'Regan, LGBT Ireland / Trina Tsai, former BeLonG To and services users from Ireland.