Research Goals 


The research project sets out to develop an intersectional perspective, which includes Islam, gays, lesbians, bisexual, and trans to the study of queer asylum in Europe. Using intersectionality as an analytical lens, this project seeks to generate a better understanding of how heteronormativity as well as homonormativity inherent in Germany’s asylum laws, combined with the increase of anti-Muslim sentiments and race, structure the in- and exclusion of queer Muslim asylum seekers. The research further aspires to examine the hostility LGBTQI* Muslims face within their own communities, their response to such hostility, and their efforts to build their own community and mobilize for societal recognition. This includes an examination on how the ‘protection’ of trans and queer asylum seekers within domestic and transnational legal frameworks is tied to institutional and societal expectations in terms of sexuality and Islam – creating a very unique set of challenges that impact asylum seekers’ access to safety and the law in Germany. 




Research Objectives


The Project;

  • analyzes hetero/homonormativity in Germany’s asylum law and examine the possibilities for queering this law.


  • generates new empirical insights into the experiences of LGBTQI* asylum seekers with Muslim background.

  • develops a set of grassroots strategies that will help the European Union as well as state and non-state actors to develop support mechanisms and policies and politics based on a more nuanced understanding of the wide range of experiences of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers.