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LGBTQ+ History Month: The History Decides the Future!

Photo credit: Nadim Uddin, African Rainbow Family‘s Media and Communications Volunteer, 2021.

Just like the Bible, history is more like a proof of existence. History gives meaning to the present. History is a reference when we need to gain strength.

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Throughout the month of February each year, over the past few years, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ History Month and it is a time we remember all those who fought for our existence and freedom.

African Rainbow Family‘s Media and Communications Volunteer, Vanessa Nessakem Nwosu writes:

“Personally, it means a lot to me because knowing that my queerness exists past and present gives me so much relevance. It means that I am not alone and it gives me strength to become more of myself. Knowing history adds to my relevance, as a queer woman seeking asylum, it is from reading about women like Audre Lorde that I gain strength in who I am. I am not ashamed, I am empowered just by knowing my queerness exist past and present.”

Nadim Uddin, another African Rainbow Family‘s Media and Communications Volunteer, writes:

“LGBT History Month to me, is to remember those without rights. To remember how we got rights. Raise awareness about historical and current progress and challenges for LGBTQ+ people. To support those raising awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity, equality and diversity. To learn how to change the world. To remember how far we’ve come, even recently.

Nadim reminds us that Winston Churchill famously said: “History is written by the victors.”

The women I celebrate this month are Marsha P Johnson, Audre Lorde and Anne Lister. I choose these women because I see little parts of myself in them. I see the courage I am still hoping to build from them. I see my future in them. Learning from past heroes means looking at their strengths and finding ways to make yours. I want to be outspoken and bold as Marsha. I want to be confident and be a warrior like Audre and I want to live openly and document all my Sapphic encounters just like Anne Lister.” Vanessa continues.

Marsha P Johnson. Photo credit: NBC New

“History isn’t something you look back at and say it was inevitable, it happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities.” Marsha P Johnson.

Audre Lorde. Photo credit: BBC 3 Free Thinking.

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” -Audre Lorde.

Anne Lister Photo Credit: bridgemanimages 

“I know my own heart and understand my fellow man. But I am made unlike anyone I have ever met. I dare to say I am like no one in the whole world.” Anne Lister.

The above are my favourite quotes from my heroes and I hope it speaks to you. We can only write our history if we speak up. Document your life, do not be erased,do not be silent. For every closeted person there is an out person who lives an exemplary life for you to learn from. It doesn’t mean you have to come out, it means that you are not alone and you can be happy. This is what LGBT history means to me. Vanessa says.

Happy LGBTQ+ History Month, 2021.

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Job Vacancy

We are recruiting!

African Rainbow Family and Manchester Migrant Solidarity, we are two leading UK grassroots charity and community group founded by, led by and run by and for LGBTIQ+ and non-LGBTIQ people seeking asylum to providing support to vulnerable LGBTIQ+ and non-LGBTIQ people who are seeking asylum in the UK. We are recruiting for a new, exciting role as part of our growing team.

Position details

Position title:                       Support Services Manager – Refugee Support

Salary:                                  GBP 24,000 to 26,000 per annum depending on experience.

Position category/type:      Migrant & Refugee Services

Date posted:                        13/11/2020

Application closing date:    28/11/2020

Interview date:                     11/12/2020

Location:                              African Rainbow Family’s (ARF) and Manchester

Migrant Solidarity’s (MiSol) offices are based in The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester. M12 5WF, ARF has branches in Birmingham, Leeds and London which requires monthly travel to each branch. Currently, all ARF’s and MiSol’s Coordinators and volunteers are working from home due to Covid-19. A mix of working at home and/or the office is likely for the foreseeable future. When face-to-face service delivery resumes, there might be occasional travel outside of Manchester and these branches with plenty of notice.

Contract type:                     Permanent and Full Time One year fixed term with possibility of extension depending on funding availability

Full Time:                             
37.5 hours per week

Package:                              We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

• 33 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)

• Up to 8% contributory pension

• Flexible working policy – online/remote due to Covid-19

Please click links below to access the full application pack: Job Description, Person Specification and Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders


HOW TO APPLY: Please read the job description and person specification. Email your completed application form and optional monitoring form to info@africanrainbowfamily.org. The successful applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and to disclose all non-protected criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.


Apply: Job Vacancy!

Time Extended! Due to overall quality of applications received, deadline to apply now extended till 10th December 2019!

We are recruiting!

Closing date: 10/12/2019

Grassroots Coordinator – Refugee Support
Location: Manchester
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time 35 hours per week
Salary: GBP 23,660
 per annum

Are you passionate about supporting and campaigning for the rights of people seeking asylum, migrants and refugees including those that are LGBTIQ+ who are in vulnerable situations in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London?

As a result of grants from The Oglesby Charitable Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Ben & Jerry’s Foundation; Manchester Migrant Solidarity and African Rainbow Family are recruiting for a full time Grassroots Coordinator. The Grassroots Coordinator would work 35 hours weekly across both groups, 3 days per week with Manchester Migrant Solidarityand 2 days per week with African Rainbow Family from the same office.

Download the application pack here:

Grassroots Coordinator – Cover LetterGrassroots Coordinator Job Description and Person Specification , Job Application Form  and Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

It would involve working with groups that campaign for social change, advocate for justice for people who are seeking asylum including those who are lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex (LGBTI+), provide support services for refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants in vulnerable situations in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London areas.

In this role, you will ensure the provision of high-quality, holistic person-centred, advice, advocacy support, empowerment and campaigning for social change for people in a range of complex and crisis related situations. You will ensure the groups’ practical peer support continue to thrive.

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Apply: Job Vacancy!

Grassroots Coordinator – Refugee Support
Location: Manchester
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time 35 hours per week
Salary: GBP 23,660
 per annum

We are recruiting!

Are you passionate about supporting and campaigning for the rights of people seeking asylum, migrants and refugees including those that are LGBTIQ+ who are in vulnerable situations in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London?

As a result of grants from The Oglesby Charitable Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Ben & Jerry’s Foundation; Manchester Migrant Solidarity and African Rainbow Family are recruiting for a full time Grassroots Coordinator. The Grassroots Coordinator would work 35 hours weekly across both groups, 3 days per week with Manchester Migrant Solidarityand 2 days per week with African Rainbow Family from the same office.

Download the application pack here:

Grassroots Coordinator – Cover LetterGrassroots Coordinator Job Description and Person Specification , Job Application Form  and Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

It would involve working with groups that campaign for social change, advocate for justice for people who are seeking asylum including those who are lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex (LGBTI+), provide support services for refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants in vulnerable situations in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London areas.

In this role, you will ensure the provision of high-quality, holistic person-centred, advice, advocacy support, empowerment and campaigning for social change for people in a range of complex and crisis related situations. You will ensure the groups’ practical peer support continue to thrive.

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PRESS RELEASE African Rainbow Family has been shortlisted for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards.

Press Release

04 July 2017, Manchester

African Rainbow Family has been shortlisted!

African Rainbow Family has been shortlisted for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards.

Dear friends,

We are delighted to announce that African Rainbow Family from Manchester has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards 2017.

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral on September 08th 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity.

The best of British diversity will travel to Liverpool to showcase the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.

Over 22,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.

African Rainbow Family, a dedicated support group for LGBTIQ refugees, people of African heritage and wider BAME community in the UK says:

 “The prestigious black tie event is definitely one to mark down on your calendar and provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.”

Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diverse talent alongside joint Headline Sponsors Direct Line Group.

Paul Geddes, CEO, Direct Line Group said ” We know that having a diverse workforce not only brings in more talent, it increases the variety of thinking, enabling us to have a better understanding of our customers’ needs in an ever-changing Britain.”

“The momentum is gathering pace” he continued “but there is more all businesses can do to pave the way for change. We are therefore honoured to be sponsoring the National Diversity Awards to celebrate the success of role models, businesses and organisations who are leading the way to true diversity and inclusion in our society.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.

TV Presenter Graham Norton Said “Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s shortlisted nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’

Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, Freedom Fighting Refugee Aderonke Apata, and Transgender Support Charity Mermaids.

Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel looked back on her time winning the positive role model award in 2013 “It truly was a tremendously uplifting emotional evening, and I don’t think there was a single person in the room who would disagree with that! The evening represented everything that is good about our society”.

Rachel went on to receive the award for battling successfully against a potentially life limiting illness to produce works of art that are applauded worldwide.

She continued “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an exceptional night, the challenges ahead are still enormous, but with the ND Award in my hand, I will journey forward with renewed hope and ambition to try to do so much more, and in my efforts, hopefully I will, in some way, contribute to making the vital cultural shift within our society.”

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of The National Diversity Awards said “I am so proud to be able to witness the journeys of some of the most inspiring role models this country has to offer. Each year I am overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of nominations, and those shortlisted should know how privileged I am to share your stories with the nation. You are all winners and I can’t wait to meet you at the ceremony.”

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist

To help our work, consider donating to African Rainbow Family here

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