African Rainbow Family (ARF) is a non-for-profit organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage. It was established in 2014 by a lesbian in the wake of  some Commonwealth countries in Africa’s toxic and draconian anti-gay laws, persecutions and environment which seek to criminalise LGBTIQs for the preference of whom they choose to love. ARF provides:
  • Support LGBTIQ Refugees and People Seeking Asylum
  • Campaigning For Global LGBTIQ Equality
  • Stand Against Hate Crimes
  • Support communities who face constant harassment, hate crimes and discrimination heaped on them by an ignorant society because of their sexuality or sexual preferences as well as transphobia. Contact us if you need support or for someone else.
Our Vision is A World Without Prejudice
Our Mission: Building A Supportive Community

We are  lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, from here and abroad.

Created, run and led by people who are affected by the issues we are aiming to change.

We understand each other, have got together to help each other and say to each other ‘It’s OK to be different’ .

We believe that our experience has given us the insight and empathy needed to support each other.

We are a self-help in creating social change through the combination of systematic factors (influence government policy on LGBT+ asylum application claims, network with a diverse social and political organisations in the LGBT community)

We remove isolation and support our emotional wellbeing through counselling and other confidence building and empowerment activities.

From nothing and with no money we have developed a national network of over 250 people with branches in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

We heavily rely on volunteers to deliver the crucial and life saving work that we do.

We will continue to help, support and nurture each other until our work is no longer needed.



 To support all marginalised, oppressed and discriminated others

To increase health and well being of LGBT asylum seekers and integrate them into the British society and values

To eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual or gender identity.

Ensure in particular dignity, respect and safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who have immigration issues related to their sexual or gender identity.

Programmes and Services

  •  Signposting to immigration advice
  • Organise social events and activities
  • Offer free counselling
  • Support LGBTI people seeking asylum with no recourse to public fund by subsidising transport fares and other costs such as food
  • Support our destitute members with subsistence
  • Offer hot meals for members
  • Offer moral support to people in detention centre Offer moral support and evidence in court
  • Buddy support for members to sign at immigration reporting centres


The need and our beneficiaries


No recourse to public funds

Social isolation

Mental health

We are ‘experts by experience’ and understand our plights hence able to lead on how to be supported. Our beneficiaries are LBGTIQ+ people including refugees and those seeking asylum.

Check out our News section for regular updates.