D045 (On Supporting LGBTIQ+ Refugees and Aslyum Seekers)

House of Bishops Message #224

The House of Bishops informs the House of Deputies that on Jul 9, 2022 it considered resolution D045 (On Supporting LGBTIQ+ Refugees and Aslyum Seekers). The house acted to:


Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church express its full support of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and IOM (International Organization for Migration) in their mission to protect LGBTIQ+ persons forced to seek refugee or asylee status because they fear being persecuted based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or sex characteristics (SOGIESC); and be it further

Resolved, that the General Convention urge all nations, especially the United States, to actively accept vulnerable SOGIESC refugees and asylees, and not send them back to their countries of origin , where they face persecution, violence, prison and possible death; and be it further

Resolved, that the 80th General Convention request that the Episcopal Migration Ministries highlight the issues surrounding LGBTQI+ refugees and asylees and offer information on ways of support, including these, for example, in their Toolkit for Congregations.