Cocktail Schiedamsesingel 173, Rotterdam
Maandelijks komen mensen, die als vluchteling of asielzoeker uit een ander land zijn gekomen, samen bij COC Rotterdam om elkaar te leren kennen, ervaringen uit te wisselen en wegwijs te worden in Nederland. Door afwisselende activiteiten en informatieve bijeenkomsten te organiseren, voelen zij zich veilig en welkom bij COC Rotterdam.
Cocktail is a project for lgbti (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) asylum seekers and refugees.
Cocktail wants to help to reduce the isolation that lgbti refugees and asylum seekers are in. We want to introduce them into the Dutch society and our LGBTI community in a relaxed and safe way.
We want to help to improve the social climate for/and the safety of, lgbti newcomers and migrants in the Netherlands. The lgbti community is often discriminated or threatened in large parts of the world. In some countries they are imprisoned or even sentenced to death. Sometimes fleeing is their only option. They have to leave family and friends behind for an uncertain future in a strange country. In addition, the sexual orientation of lgbti refugees is often not accepted or tolerated by their fellow newcomers in the refugee centers, just like in their country of origin. This can lead to severe forms of violence, isolation, and feelings of anxiety, or depression.