Gay enough for asylum?
January 31, 2011 12:54 PM Subscribe
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Are you gay enough for asylum
? “Judges and immigration officials are adding a new hurdle in gay asylum cases that an applicant’s homosexuality must be socially visible,” said Lori Adams, a lawyer at Human Rights First
, a nonprofit group, who advises people seeking asylum based on sexuality. “The rationale is that if you don’t look obviously gay, you can go home and hide your sexuality and don’t need to be worried about being persecuted.”
"Victoria Neilson, legal director of the New York-based Immigration Equality
, which provides assistance to asylum seekers
, recalled the case of a 21-year-old lesbian who had been threatened with gang rape in her native Albania to cure her of her sexual orientation, but was initially denied asylum, Ms. Neilson said, because she was young, attractive and single, apparently not conforming to the officer’s stereotype of a lesbian. (A judge later granted her asylum, Ms. Neilson said.)"
Scary news given the violence
that many LGBT people (outside of the U.S., within is another conversation) are experiencing today
How "gay" do you have to be? Here is some of the precedent