“I was rejected by my family because I am trans. All my life I have been abused and institutions have never protected me.”

© Camille Charpigny

Hzani is 25 years old. She is originally from Albania.

Hzani was rejected by her family because of her trans-identity. She was the victim of several intra-family assaults before she ran away at the age of 12. She lived on the streets for part of her teenage years and had to stop her schooling.

Afterwards, her life was marked by transphobic (physical and verbal) aggression. At the same time, she has been subjected to humiliation and discrimination by institutions (police, hospital etc.).

Her last attack was particularly violent. The police did not try to protect her, nor to find her attackers. She had to flee her country and go into exile in France.

Today, Hzani is a cleaner. She wants to work in hospitals or hotels.

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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!”.