COCKTAIL EINDHOVEN – SUPPORT FOR LGBT REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS
Cocktail is a project for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) asylum seekers and refugees.
Cocktail wants to help to reduce the isolation that LGBT Refugees and Asylum seekers are in. We want to introduce them into the Dutch society and our LGBT community in a fun and safe way.
We want to help to improve the social climate for/and the safety of, LGBT newcomers and migrants in the Netherlands. The LGBT community is often discriminated or threatened in large parts of the world. In some countries they are imprisoned or even sentenced to death. Sometimes fleeing is their only option. They have to leave family and friends behind for an uncertain future in a strange country. In addition, the sexual orientation of LGBT refugees is often not accepted or tolerated by their fellow newcomers in the refugee centers, just like in their country of origin. This can lead to severe forms of violence, isolation, and feelings of anxiety, or depression.
Activities of COCKTAIL Eindhoven:
Events: The GAY REFUGEE WALK-IN
Between 16:00 – 21:00 (4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
(Event is for LGBTI refugees and invites)
COC Eindhoven Pand54
Prins Hendrikstraat 54, Eindhoven
Our monthly theme party, that brings LGBT Refugees from all over the country together in one place.
Dates in 2018
Saturday 20th of January
Saturday 17th of February
Saturday 21st of April
Saturday 16th of June
Saturday 18th of August
Saturday 20th of October
Monday 24th of December (Note different day)
Our Buddy Project:
We couple the LGBT Refugee to a Dutch LGBT Cocktail volunteer.
After an initial interview Cocktail tries to find a suitable buddy, considering both the language and the needs and wishes of the newcomer.
If there is a ‘click’ between the buddy and the newcomer, they can make arrangements about the activities that they want to do together, when and where etc.