The isolation experienced by LGBTQIA+ newcomers go beyond external factors and impacts their core perception of self. The rejection they encounter from their families and communities due to cultural and traditional beliefs can result in a sense of detachment from their own cultural identity. Consequently, they may find it difficult to reconcile their authentic selves with the culture they grew up in. This internal conflict perpetuates a sense of isolation, which further complicates their journey towards self-acceptance.
Despite the significant progress made in the field of mental health, gaps still exist within the system, particularly for LGBTQIA+ newcomers. These individuals often fall through the cracks, lacking access to adequate resources and assistance. Recognizing this, Rainbow Haven: Embracing Journeys, in collaboration with Indus, has taken the initiative to create a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ newcomers and refugees. This space aims to bridge the gap in support by providing a nurturing environment where individuals can overcome the challenges of dual isolation and develop relationships with others who share similar experiences. Through this initiative, LGBTQIA+ newcomers can cultivate a deep sense of belonging within a community that embraces their authentic selves.