Press Statement | June 8, 2023

Embracing Diversity: Empowering LGBTQ+ Refugees on World Refugee Day

Arlington, Va. (6.8.23) – With celebrations of World Refugee Day close at hand, let us come together to recognize and address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ refugees around the world. ECDC is committed to raising awareness about their plight and advocate for their rights while promoting a society that embraces diversity and rejects discrimination and hate.

Forced to flee their homes due to persecution, LGBTQ+ refugees often face additional layers of vulnerability and discrimination. They escape not only from war, violence, and oppression but also from societies that reject and marginalize them. This double burden makes it essential for us to acknowledge and support their struggle.

We must stand united in affirming that every person deserves to live with dignity, safety, and equality. Let us build a world where LGBTQ+ refugees can find solace, acceptance, and the opportunity to flourish.

Let us remember that our strength lies in our compassion and understanding. By listening to their stories, amplifying their voices, and fighting for their rights, we can create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Together, we can work towards eradicating hate, prejudice, and discrimination from our societies, ensuring that LGBTQ+ refugees find refuge and hope.

As we prepare to commemorate World Refugee Day—June 20—, let us extend our solidarity beyond borders, transcending nationality, religion, and culture. By doing so, we affirm our commitment to a world where every individual can live free from fear and persecution.

ECDC believes that it is through compassion, empathy, and unity that we can make a lasting impact. Together, we have the power to change lives, one step at a time. Let us honor the resilience and courage of LGBTQ+ refugees, working hand in hand to build a more inclusive, accepting, and equitable world for all.