Cocktail Regio Nijmegen organises meetings for LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) refugees and asylumseekers. Every second Tuesday of each month, there is a meeting at the Pink House. It’s a meeting in which you can meet other LGBTI asylumseekers and get to know more about the Dutch (LGBTI) community.
Cocktail Nijmegen wants to help reduce the isolation that LGBTI Refugees and Asylumseekers are confronted with. Fleeing a country in which you are not safe being LGBTI, and ending up in an AZC surrounded by the same people you were fleeing from, is making life not particularly easy. We want to introduce LGBTI Asylumseekers to eachother, to the Dutch society and to the LGBTI community. In this way we try to improve the social climate for LGBTI asylumseekers and make them feel less isolated.
During our meetings, we create a safe environment in which our visitors can be who they are without the fear of being punished for that. Every meeting has a different theme, varying from more serious things like a visit from VWN (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland) to fun meetings with dancing, making music or art.
Besides our meetings, we also organize some activities during ‘pink’ events like Pink Wednesday at the Vierdaagse in Nijmegen, or the Pride Parade in Amsterdam.
Our meetings are on every second tuesday of the month. You are welcome at 18:00, untill around 20:00. Is it your first Cocktail meeting? Feel free to come a little earlier (17:00) to get to know eachother.