Our services for non-binary people

Rainbow Migration is a gender-diverse organisation, and we welcome everyone who is claiming asylum based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics. All our services are free. As a service we prioritise women, trans, intersex and non-binary people who wish to access our services.

We recognise that many non-binary, gender queer and other gender diverse people identify as trans, and our trans support services are here to support you.

Several of our staff and volunteers are trans and/or non-binary. If you would prefer to receive support from another non-binary person you can request this when you contact us. We will do our best to accommodate the request, but we are only a small team, and this may not always be possible. However, all our support team are LGBTQI+.

We welcome gender diversity within all of our services, and invite you to access whichever support services you feel reflect your gender identity, expression and/or sexual orientation.

Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Legal advice

If you are thinking of, or have already applied for asylum because you are non-binary, we can advise you by phone or in person on all aspects of the asylum process, confidentially and free of charge. We give guidance on how to apply for asylum, how to prepare for your interviews with the Home Office and how to gather your evidence for your application. We can also advise you if your application has been refused by the Home Office and you are appealing in the Immigration Tribunals or trying to make a fresh application based on new evidence.

If you need our assistance, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are unable to call or email us, you may wish to attend one of our monthly asylum meetings in London or drop-in sessions in Birmingham (please note these are currently on hold due to Covid-19).

We sometimes run legal workshops for women and non-binary and trans people applying for asylum. These workshops are free to attend without prior booking and focus on specific aspects of the application, including how to prepare your statements and evidence. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updates on the date of our next Women, Non-Binary and Trans Legal Workshop (please note these are currently on hold due to Covid-19).

Support services

We run an extensive range of support services for our service users during the asylum process, with the specific aim to ensure those seeking asylum have access to emotional support, safe housing and do not become socially isolated.

We also offer one-to-one support sessions and are currently developing a trans support group. Please email us if you are interested in joining the group when it starts. We currently run a support group for gay and bisexual men and a support group for lesbian and bisexual women. You are welcome to access any of these you feel reflect your gender identity, expression and/or sexual orientation. If you are struggling please contact us and one of the support service team will be in touch.

If you face barriers to attending our meetings or accessing our services, we would be happy to discuss these with you. For example, a member of staff or a volunteer can meet you in reception before the monthly asylum meeting. There are private meeting rooms available at the Rainbow Migration offices and there are gender-neutral toilets on site. In some cases, we can pay for your travel to our offices.

Please also see our Other organisations that can help page for information on other services that may be able to help you.