Buddy projects

Cocktail

Cocktail is project that brings together newcomers to the Netherlands and local LGBT people. By pairing up “buddies”– a Dutch buddy with an asylum seeker, refugee, migrants, and other foreign LGBT people living in the Netherlands– Cocktail builds communities of support and friendship. Participation is free (though you may need to pay for drinks, transportation, etc. when you meet with people.) This is not a dating organization, and buddy cannot give legal, financial or medical help. However, Cocktail can introduce newcomers to the local LGBT scene, and organizes events and activities to help them build their social network in their new home.

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Group meetings 

By organizing meetings and activities Cocktail wants to create a social network where people can be themselves and feel accepted. This is hopefully a pleasant way of integrating into Dutch (LGBT) society.

 

COC Amsterdam – Cocktail Events

Cocktail Events is a project of COC Amsterdam/Almere that brings together newcomers to the Netherlands and local LGBT people. We organize social get-together events for asylum seeker and refugee LGBT people living in the Netherlands. For more information please visit www.cocktailevents.nl

 

COC Eindhoven – Gay Refugee Walk-In

COC Eindhoven organizes monthly walk-ins for LGBT asylum seekers. These meetings take place every fourth Sunday of the month between 14:00 and 17:00. For more information please visit the website of COC Eindhoven

 

COC Limburg

COC Limburg organizes monthly meetings for LGBT asylum seekers. These meetings take place every first Sunday of the month between 16:00 and 22:00. If you wish to attend a meeting you can send an e-mail to: cocktail@coclimburg.nl

 

COC Midden-Nederland

COC Midden-Nederland organizes monthly meetings for LGBT asylum seekers. These meetings take place every first Saturday of the month between 18:00 and 22:00. If you wish to attend a meeting you can send an e-mail to: cocktail@cocmiddennederland.nl

 

COC Nijmegen – Asylum Support Group

COC Nijmegen organizes monthly meetings for LGBT asylum seekers.

These meetings take place every second Tuesday of the month between 19:00 and 21:00 in the building of COC Nijmegen (St. Anthoniusplaats 1, Nijmegen). If you wish to attend a meeting you can send an e-mail to: cocktail@cocnijmegen.nl

 

Uganda Gay on Move

Uganda Gay on the Move is an activist and social support organization of LGBTIQ Ugandans living in the Netherlands. While they focus on issues in Uganda, the group works for LGBTIQ safety all over Africa, and works with many other organizations in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Uganda Gay on Move you can send an e-mail to: ugandagayonmove@gmail.com
Brochure Uganda Gay on Move

 

Why Me?

Why me? wants to help newcomers in Europe and those who already were recognized as refugees, without forgetting to defend their cause with the governments of their home countries and of the host countries. Why me? is currently active in Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Other

Shout

Shout is an activist and social group based in Wageningen. They have educational project to inform the public about LGBT issues, and also provide social space for individuals to meet and socialize.

 

Switchboard

The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard helps to answer LGBT questions via phone, email and chat, and also provides a very good social calendar. The website is only in Dutch, but you can see a list of events on their “Agenda” page, and can search by location and day. When you go to the Agenda page, linked on the right of their homepage, you will see an orange bar on the top of the page that allows you to search events by city or town. On the right side of the page, you do an advanced search which considers the period of time, place, region and audience (such as a specific gender, interest, age group, etc.)

 
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