UK: Fundraiser for LGBTQI Muslims in London

Inspired by Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in the 1980s, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants) is a queer group that stands in solidarity with other communities facing state violence and media attacks. In the current political climate, migrants bear the brunt of far-right violence, face demonisation in the media and are criminalised by the state. LGSMigrants use the strength of the queer community and an understanding of our history of struggle to fight back in support of those at the sharpest end of government oppression today.

Not long ago, LGBT+ people were the “illegals” and queer pubs and bars were being targeted in police raids and subject to state violence. Now, it is homes and workplaces of migrants that are targeted. Our queerness is weaponised by the state and media. Hard-won rights for LGBT+ people are presented as part of “British” or “European” values and migrants, particularly Muslim migrants, are constructed as a threat to these values. We see through this attempt to pit oppressed and exploited groups against each other.

Through fundraising and creative direct action, we stand in solidarity with all migrants. We fight back against homonationalism. We build on a proud history of queer solidarity to say: no one is illegal.

To mark Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan) Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants will be holding our next bucket shake to raise funds for LGBTQIA+ Muslim group Imaan. Formed in 1999 Imaan offers social support meetings and faith activity for Muslims who identify as LGBTQIA+ and those who are questioning.

Starting at 7:30pm, we will gather at the corner of Old Compton Street and Frith Street. We will be out and about for a few hours before retreating to a close by venue to socialise 💃🍻

This event is for everyone, from old timers to newbies interested in getting involved with LGSM, as we raise money for this important cause. As ever, we will team people up, so don't worry if you've never participated in a bucket-shake before! Everyone is very friendly and for many of us this was how we first got involved with LGSM! 💕 Read more via Facebook

Imaan is a British peer support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Muslims. In 2014, Imaan celebrated 15 years as an organisation. This film speaks to some of its members about their earliest memories and highlights as part of the Imaan family.