This week the government’s cruel Refugee Ban Bill was passed by Parliament and became law. We are angry and disappointed, but we won’t stop fighting to make the UK a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum.

This law will deny the right to asylum to thousands of people who need our protection. It will dramatically increase the government’s powers to lock people up while making it even harder to challenge their detention. And it will put LGBTQI+ lives at risk by allowing people to be sent to countries that are not safe for the LGBTQI+ community. 

We wanted to say thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to write to your MP last weekend. Because of you, the need to protect LGBTQI+ people from being sent to countries where they would be at risk of harm was raised by MPs throughout the debate. We were pleased to see the amendment drew support across political parties. 

We are sad to say that we could not change the bill on this occasion, but thank you for speaking out for LGBTQI+ people and showing that whatever this government says, these cruel laws do not represent us.