Cocktail Regio Nijmegen organises meetings for LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers. Every second Wednesday of each month, there is a meeting in the Pink House (Roze Huis, Sint Anthoniusplaats 1, Nijmegen). It’s a meeting in which you can meet other LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers and get to know more about the Dutch (LGBTIQ+) community.
Cocktail Nijmegen wants to help reduce the isolation that LGBTIQ+ Refugees and asylum seekers are confronted with. Fleeing a country in which you are not safe being LGBTIQ+, 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 LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers to eachother, to the Dutch society and to the LGBTIQ+ community. In this way we try to improve the social climate for LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers 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.