Sunday 19 November
3pm – 7pm
St Paul’s Church Hall
corner of Stoke Newington Road & Amhurst Road, London N16 7UE
After a 13 year battle over her right to remain, Aderonke Apata has finally been granted asylum in the UK and we are throwing a Sunday afternoon party to celebrate.
It’s a gathering for all her friends and fans and a public event for anyone who wants to help her celebrate her victory and support the struggle against homophobia, xenophobia, racism and inflexible borders.
With DJ Kartel Brown playing highlife, afrobeat and dancehall, guest artists performances and short talks from Human Rights activists.
Plus free drinks!
Aderonke says: "I cannot thank enough everyone that supported me in this horrendous journey. You have all contributed to this victory. I felt dehumanised when the Home Office said I was pretending to be a lesbian. This victory means hope and strength to other LGBTI people seeking asylum. With perseverance, steadfastness and love, they can overcome the rejections that they are facing in their asylum cases. There are many people like me … who are facing huge insurmountable difficulties navigating the asylum system in the UK. I will continue to do my bit in amplifying the voices of people who can only shout so far.”
There will be a raffle to raise funds for Afican Rainbow Family a non-for-profit organisation that support LGBTIQ people seeking asylum and refuge and of African heritage.
Aderonke’s barrister, S Chelvan of No5 Chambers, said: “Aderonke’s case highlights the Home Office’s approach to sexual identity asylum claims is still not fit for purpose. In asylum claims, the negative history is in part a product of a system in the UK that still dehumanises LGBTQ applicants by continuing to detain, isolate, stigmatise and harm some of the most vulnerable groups in our society. We must demand change, starting at the highest level.”
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‘VICTORY PARTY FOR ADERONKE APATA!’ supported by African Rainbow Family, Manchester Migrant Solidarity, Queer Tours of London, Duckie and all Aderonke’s friends.
Corner of Stoke Newington Road & Amhurst Road N16 7UE