Queers Beyond Borders

Written by Lynsey Cullen

Green Carnation Company are proud to present the third of our Queer All About It monologue commissions exploring themes affecting LGBTQ+ communities and individuals.

‘Prove It’ is a vital and human story of one woman’s experience as she is interviewed for asylum in the UK, responding to our theme ‘Queers Beyond Borders’. Asked to recount the intimate and traumatic experiences that led her to flee her country as she must somehow prove her sexuality (something she has always had to hide) in order to be granted permission to stay.

Warning: contains emotional content and descriptions of persecution and abuse.

Queer All About It: Queers Beyond Borders

To accompany our latest film, Lynsey Cullen’s ‘Prove It’, we have interviewed representatives from UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), Journeys Festival International and others with experience working with LGBTQ+ asylum seeker and immigration communities to discuss the experiences and challenges faced and how we can support them. We hope to raise awareness and empathy with LGBTQ+ asylum seeker experiences.

Update: We are thrilled to share that since we made this film, Arthur has been granted refugee status in the UK.

We would like to signpost people to these incredible organisations supporting LGBTQ+ and asylum seeker communities:

Journeys Festival International
28 September – 18 October 2020

Rainbow Migration (Formerly UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group)

Lesbian Immigration Support Group

African Rainbow Family

Rainbow Noir

First Wednesday Group

Liverpool Many Hands One Heart

Queer All About It is Green Carnation Theatre’s ongoing digital project exploring themes affecting the LGBTQ+ community. These are topics we care about. Subjects that we feel must be explored, discussed and interrogated.

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A collaboration between Green Carnation Company and Bloody Bandit Productions
Performed by Leah Baskaran
Directed by Dan Ellis
Videography and Cinematography by Bloody Bandit Productions
Executive Producer Dan Jarvis
Special thanks to Work for Change

Special thanks to:
Arthur Joestar
Leah Baskaran
Leni Candan
Nuria López de la Oliva
Philip Jones
Youcef Hadjazi

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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