International Subgroup Coordinator: Sinead Tooher

The International Subgroup’s aim is to campaign and improve LGBT rights across the world.


LGBT Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK – Time Out

We have and will continue to welcome LGBT Aslyum Seekers across the UK to York through our flagship programme TimeOut York. Contact Willaim for more details on

Asylum for LGBT people

Our Friends from Stonewall have a great resource about the asylum process.

Fundraisers for LGBT organisation in Uganda

York has a history of supporting LGBT rights in Uganda and pays tribute to David Kato, a Ugandan LGBT activist, who studied in York under a protected scholarship, but was murdered on his return to Uganda. We have held a fundraisers for a LGBT charity in Uganda in which we raised £1000 for the charity to go towards safe housing for LGBT people. We have many fundraisers throughout the year. We have also written to Dr John Sentamu Archbishop of York addressing the issues LGBT people face in Uganda.

Human Rights Defender Befrienders

Our chair Kevin Sell is looking to become a Human Rights Befriender at the University of York’s Applied Centre for Human Rights. We have worked with this organisation throughout the year and have had guest speakers from Bulgaria.
We are looking to expand our international work for more befrienders if you are interested contact for more details

Other work


We have written to the Russian Embassy about the discriminatory laws against LGBT people in Russia.

Holocaust Memorial Day

We support Holocaust Memorial Day in York and sit on the steering committee and will be looking at historical persecution of LGBT people and ways to address the persecution of LGBT people today.

Upcoming Events

  • LGBT Karaoke 24/04/2017 at 8:30 pm – 12:30 am Thomas's of York, Museum St, York YO1 7DT, UK LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards
  • GeneraTe: Trans Group in York 25/04/2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Email for venue details A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact
  • York against Homophobia in Chechnya 01/05/2017 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Saint Helen's Square, St Helen's Square, Market Weighton, York YO43 3AT, UK York against Homophobia in Chechnya, UK Government appeal to review LGBTQ Assylum/refugee policy. Holding hands with Pride. This is a static protest against recent events in Chechnya where Gay men are being held in concentration camps, tortured and killed. We are also appealing to our Government to urgently review their policy for LGBTQ Assylum seekers…