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‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa

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  1. I wish there was some information here about what criteria (or psychic paper) they used to determine he was not gay. Hard to know whether to judge this as fair or not without some idea of what evidence they relied on to make the decision.

    But, honestly, even if he is straight, making a public announcement that he is gay could be enough to have him harmed or killed upon returning ‘home’. He could be seen to have brought shame on the family just by making the claim. So either way, this guy is being sent back to abuse or worse.

  2. I have cynicism about the Australian immigration department. I don’t know if he’s gay or not, but I do believe they try to find any excuse they can to not let people into this country. Kind of makes me embarrassed to be Australian.

  3. Dandelion 9 Nov 2010, 5:17pm

    Any story of immigration with the word ‘gay’ in the headline will end bad.

    USA, Canada, UK, Australia- all equals in turning a blind eye to gay persecution!

  4. Well it’s a tough one..is he gay is he straight? In either respect he was breaking Australian law under a false marriage. Why get married? If he was gay he could claim asylum and go through that route..difficult but not as difficult as getting caught through a sham marriage.

    Was he beaten? Was it true? Unless we are in the court we can’t determine the decision.

    Lebanon is a little different from most countries bar Israel in that while being gay is illegal it does have a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ acceptance

    Why not on his first trip claim asylum? Could it be that he liked what he saw (like people even from other developed countries see) in Australia and wanted to go back and this was his best route.

    Come on I love Australia but being over 30 , even as a highly skilled professional its not cheap or quick to gain residency to settle.

    Should I go to a scam marriage on that route?

  5. Joseph Carmel Chetcuti 9 Nov 2010, 8:20pm

    Alex said: “I have cynicism about the Australian immigration department. I don’t know if he’s gay or not, but I do believe they try to find any excuse they can to not let people into this country. Kind of makes me embarrassed to be Australian.” Alex, you do not have to be embarrassed because you are Australian. Australia has a very very tolerant immigration system when it comes to gay men and lesbians. It has welcomed people from all parts of the world. I work as a migration lawyer/agent and many of my clients are gay men and lesbians. This was clearly a question of credibility and although both bodies could have got it wrong, one cannot come to any conclusions without looking at the file. Speaking as a gay man and one who was and remains an activist since the early 1970s, if there is one thing that annoys me it is heterosexuals poretending to be gay because they think the ‘gay visa’ is an easy way in – and believe me some do! Believe me it is not that hard to conclude a person is not gay after an hour of two of asking questions. And you do not have to have any gaydar.

  6. An Cat Dubh 10 Nov 2010, 1:01pm

    Reminds me of that scene in Before Night Falls, when they asked him where he finds men, what position he likes, and then they wanted him to show them how he walks to determine whether or not he was gay…
    Lebanon is relatively gay friendly. Jordan and Lebanon are the most gay friendly Arab countries: homosexuality is legal in Jordan, and there was at least one Pride Parade and rally against homophobic violence there. I should learn to acquire a Christian Lebanese accent, nowadays my accent sounds like that of an arab from Tíra…

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