“We need LGBTIQ+ associations in the reception centres. I didn’t have that.”

© Julien Thiébaut

Arsène is 23 years old and comes from Cameroon. He left his country because he did not feel safe there. He chose to seek asylum in Belgium and is staying at Le Refuge Bruxelles/Het Opvanghuis Brussel. He did not imagine that he would experience homophobic attacks when he arrived. He found support in LGBTIQ+ associations. In Cameroon, homosexuality is not accepted and is punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison.

Arsène wants to be a well-known artist and use his art to raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ refugees.

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Rainbow Welcome! visual universe

Rainbow Welcome! visual identity has been developed by Alison Roger France, in collaboration with PLS and all the partners. 

She studied the complexity of sexuality, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, identities, sexual characteristics, fluidity between the various spectrums, etc. She also adopted a reflective creation process including refugees’ journey in life and on earth to finally come with those organic forms whose nasting, movements and textures aim at illustrating the multiplicity and complexity of each and all individuals. Of course, the colours of the LGBTIQ+ flag have been used. The whole is wanted to be dynamic, intriguing and … positive. Our message is the one of reception and inclusion, as stated in our motto “Rainbow refugees, WELCOME!”. 

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