Stephan has been working at Schwulenberatung Berlin, an information and counseling centre for LGBTI people in Berlin, Germany, for 15 years. He is currently department manager for HIV/STI-Prevention and Refuge. From 2013 on, with the emergence of the Russian anti-gay propaganda legislation, a growing number of LGBTI refugees from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia came to Germany. Challenges arose with the arrival of a huge number of refugees from the Middle East in 2015. Hence, Stephan developed and established the Schwulenberatung Berlin's information centre, accommodation facility and counseling service for LGBTI refugees in 2015.
Europe is supposed to be one of the safest places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersexed (LGBTI) people to live. Nevertheless, LGBTI refugees still often suffer abuse. Could different housing options change their fates?