Cocktail Regio Nijmegen organises meetings for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) refugees and asylum seekers. Every second Wednesday of each month, there is a meeting at Cafe De Klinker (Van Broeckhuysenstraat 46, Nijmegen). It’s a meeting in which you can meet other LGBT asylum seekers and get to know more about the Dutch (LGBT) community.

Cocktail Nijmegen wants to help reduce the isolation that LGBT Refugees and asylum seekers are confronted with. Fleeing a country in which you are not safe being LGBT, 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 LGBT asylum seekers to eachother, to the Dutch society and to the LGBT community. In this way we try to improve the social climate for LGBT 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.

Our meetings are on every second Wednesday 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.

Do you have questions or do you want to visit our meetings?


Cocktail is ook een buddyproject opgezet door COC Nederland. Via dit project wordt een LHBTI-asielzoeker gekoppeld aan een (vaak Nederlandse) LHBTI-vrijwilliger om sociale activiteiten mee te ondernemen. Het doel van het project is LHBTI-asielzoekers sociaal contact te bieden en daarmee het sociaal isolement van deze groep te doorbreken. Via deze laagdrempelige weg is er iemand om mee te praten en iets leuks mee te gaan doen. Dit contact brengt de asielzoekers ook in aanraking met de Nederlandse maatschappij en de manier waarop in Nederland met LHBTI-zijn omgegaan wordt.

Wil je meer informatie over Cocktail of lijkt het je leuk om buddy te worden? Neem dan contact op met de coördinator.

Contact met de coördinator