Living Free UK was founded in 2018 by Daniel Asaya, also known as Dan Yomi. Asaya is a Nigerian Gay Man who gained recognition after conversations of his coming out to his family on WhatsApp got publicity on international media. Asaya was also elected as the first Black President of the Student’s Union at Bournemouth University, UK for two years.

Living Free UK was born out of the struggles of millions of LGBTIQ+ individuals who are still battling with their sexualities and gender identities, especially in countries where it is still illegal to live their truth and in some cases lose their lives while trying to find liberty and acceptance. 

Our main aim is to validate the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ Africans, asylum seekers and refugees. As research shows, there are 72 countries where homosexuality is still a crime and even in the UK, LGBTIQ+ persons who are international students, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees still find it difficult to reconcile their sexuality with other identities such as their culture, religion or even meet and connect with people from similar backgrounds.

Living Free UK At the moment, we achieve our aims and objectives through the following programmes:

  • Global LGBTQ+ Hub: a safe space where LGBTIQ+ Africans, asylum seekers, refugees and all QPOC’s meet up.
  • Living Free With Dan: a monthly YouTube show that’s aimed at dispelling the myths around African Queerness and mental health.