The Project

The Rites & Passages of LGBTQI migrants in Britain

Rainbow Pilgrims is a landmark project that discovers the hidden history of LGBTQI migrants in the UK past and present. The project intends to cover the period from the first Jewish Kindertransports to Britain (1938-1940) to today.

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and hosted by Liberal Judaism (LJ).

Rainbow Pilgrims explores the narratives around ‘rites and passages’, documenting the interconnection between faith, sexuality, gender and ethnicity by using oral history, film and photography. Rainbow Pilgrims culminates in a touring exhibition with pop-up events, a symposium, cutting-edge learning tools and an archive collection.

This collection will be the first source of LGBT and migration in a faith context in Britain.

Events and Volunteering opportunities starting now – join us!

For more information and to get involved please contact project manager Shaan Knan via rainbowpilgrims@liberaljudaism.org via our Contact Us page.

Upcoming Events

  1. Rainbow Pilgrims@ LGBT History Month 2018 Programme

    February 1 - February 28
  2. Rainbow Pilgrims Conference & Community Action Day

    February 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  3. Identity in Motion – WORKSHOP (Young People)

    February 17 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  4. Rainbow Pilgrims Exhibition Launch @LATE

    February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

On Twitter

Interested in #LGBTQI #Migration #refugees #AsylumSeekers #GRT #faith #HumanRights join Rainbow Pilgrims Conference 14/02/18 @BucksNewUni facebook event & free tickets now live: https://t.co/suoaYntp5M

We invited people to witness footage of powerful words, used both for good and evil, to explore #ThePowerOfWords - the theme of #HolocaustMemorialDay 2018. Please watch and share a film every day in the run up to HMD, and our main film on Friday 26 January.

On Facebook

Join us at the Rainbow Pilgrims LGBTQI Migration Conference on 14/02/18 at Buckinghamshire New University:

Setting a platform for dialogue across communities and sectors, to meet and share experiences around issues of migration, identity and faith, in the UK and beyond.

The day will include panels, presentations, talks, pop-exhibitions, artwork, and multi-media. Lunch is included.

Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI Migrants in Britain is a landmark oral history and archive project. More info: www.rainbowpilgrims.com/

The event is open to all.

A short train ride from London/Marleybone, Birmingham or Oxford (and other stops).

Venue is accessible.
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Rainbow Pilgrims Conference: Lgbtqi Migrants. Perspectives.

February 14, 2018, 10:30am - February 14, 2018, 11:00am

Join us at the Rainbow Pilgrims LGBTQI Migration Conference on 14/02/18 at Buckinghamshire New University: Setting a platform for dialogue across communities and sectors, to meet and share experience...

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