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Home Affairs Select Committee slams government on LGBT asylum policy

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  1. This is why it is vital that the UN takes the initiative and forces homophobic countries to repeal their anti-gay laws. That would remove the need for people to seek asylum.

    1. No it wouldn’t. Repealing the laws won’t magically make the bigotry go away. LGBT people would still be subjected to violence and persecution.

  2. Tricky. Obviously it’s pretty humiliating to have to prove your sexuality. But also seems like a get out of jail free card for all asylum seekers if all you have to do is say “I’m gay”. Don’t know what the solution is, so I’m glad it’s not my job to decide. Whatever they come up with will be heavily criticised.

  3. “People should accept the statement of sexuality by those who seek asylum”
    Great. All you have to do is say you are Gay and you get into Britain no questions asked. Genius, Mr Vaz. When word gets out we will be flooded with bogus claimants. The scam will be exposed in the right-wing press and it will become even harder for genuine cases to get asylum.

  4. Talking of immigration stories – could you correct your story about Kuwait’s “gay test”.
    It is actually about already existing tests on migrant workers suspected of being trans.

    “The Kuwait Ministry of Health has proposed tightening genetic tests for immigrant workers in order to prevent transgender migrants from entering the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] job market.”

    Tatchell’s story about Qatar and the World Cup seems seriously misguided – perhaps ask him to check his facts?

  5. Do they mean that if somebody is gay , the officer who does his interview has to take off his clothes and do some intimidate things to prove that he`s gay .
    From my point of view if I were in that situation and they ask me to prove it , I would tell the officer to take off his clothes to give him enough evidence .
    If he refuses that means , he has got to stop interviewing gay people and asking them to prove it .

  6. This is a tough and complex issue. As someone else has stated. it is very easy for someone to claim to be gay when they are in fact not. There are many genuine LGBT asylum seekers. The problem is how do the authority’s differentiate between the genuine LGBT asylum seeker and the fraud?

    I do not have an answer to this conundrum. Do we give people the benefit of the doubt but only allow them some sort of conditional entry, monitor them for a period of 5-10 years and if it turns out they are not gay then deport them? Even this would in my view be unworkable.

    For the genuine LGBT asylum seekers this must be a daunting and upsetting process. But as I have said there are no easy answers here.

  7. It’s pathetic that you need to prove your sexuality at all and then that it is done with private photos!

  8. Robert Stoddard 11 Oct 2013, 9:42pm

    I knew they wanted to watch.

  9. essexgirlbecky 20 Oct 2013, 11:55am

    There is a lot of misinformation on this subject, but not much coming back from the Home Office either. I asked for statistics on this subject under the Freedom of Infromation Act in July but my application was declined ( This makes it impossible to establish the scale of the problem. We can’t even tell how many such applications have been successful.

    But I have personal knowledge of cases in which the Tribunal clearly has preconceived idea of what a lesbian should look like and rejected the application because she did not match that particular image. Why would we expect a gay Iranian woman to conform to stereotypes which aren’t even valid in our own country?

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