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Lesbian: A woman who is attracted to other women. LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC): The office responsible for deciding on asylum applications in Ireland. Its decisions may be appealed to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Asylum Seekers & Refugees Glossary Asylum: The grant, by a State, of protection to persons from another State who are fleeing persecution or serious danger. Asylum includes permission to remain in that country and humane standards of treatment. Asylum-Seeker: Someone who is waiting for a government decision on their application to be recognised as a refugee.

Pride: Annual celebrations of LGBT communities held in Ireland and around the world. Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT): The Refugee Appeals Tribunal decides appeals of asylum seekers whose applications for refugee status have not been approved by the ORAC. Reception Centre: A location that processes and attends to the immediate needs of refugees or asylum-seekers as they arrive in a country of asylum (for example in Ireland - Balseskin).

Bisexual: Someone who is attracted to women and men.

Reception & Integration Agency (RIA): This office oversees the accommodation of asylum-seekers in Ireland under the auspices of the Department of Justice and Equality.

Coming out: Understanding yourself, and telling other people that you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and /or Transgender.

Refugee: A person who meets certain eligibility criteria in international or national refugee law.

Direct Provision: Government accommodation for asylum-seekers. This is full board with a weekly allowance of €19.10 per adult and €9.60 per child (2012 allowances).

Sexual orientation: The attraction we feel towards people of a particular gender(s).

Dispersal: The policy of locating asylum-seekers in different locations around Ireland after a period in a reception centre.

Transgender or Trans: Someone whose gender identity differs from the one they were given at birth. They may identify as male or female, or maybe neither label fits them; they may prefer the term transsexual.

Gay: Someone who is attracted to people of the same gender. Gay usually refers to males as many women call themselves lesbian.

Transphobia: Prejudice or discrimination against transgender people, or people seen to be transgender.

Gender identity: An individual's internal understanding of themselves as female, male, and/or transgender. Heterosexual / Straight: Someone who is attracted to people of another gender. Homophobia: Prejudice or discrimination towards LGBT people, or people seen to be LGBT..


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Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte Health Service Executive Health Promotion Office - Dublin North East

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Refugee Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality, Pobal and the HSE.

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