Love is Not a Crime: 10 years of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group at the People’s History MuseumPolly Checkland Harding
Set up in 2007 to deliver an anti-deportation campaign for a lesbian woman from Sierra Leone, The Lesbian Immigration Support Group was contacted by so many other asylum seekers and refugees after its high-profile success in gaining the woman leave to remain in Britain that the team decided to continue as a more general support group. Love is Not a Crime, a new community exhibition at the People’s History Museum, documents the history of the group over the decade that followed, as well as the challenges LISG faces in supporting more than 15 refugees and asylum seekers from countries including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, South Africa and Jamaica today. Providing a space for women who often don’t feel able to be open about their sexuality generally, LISG’s volunteers help to connect and support lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers, refugees. Part of the People’s History Museum’s year-long Never Going Underground programme (and running alongside this headline exhibition), Love is Not a Crime showcases ten years of LISG’s work.
Join the Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) for the launch of their exhibition Love is Not a Crime and celebrate their 10th anniversary.