29th January 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
9th January 2013
Student activist forced to justify sexuality in asylum case 14
1:06 AM — A member of the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Committee is to be brought before a hearing on his asylum in the UK, and has been asked to "prove" his sexuality.
17th July 2012
Sweden: Trans asylum seeker’s partner to be deported to Russia 9
2:53 PM — Russian trans asylum seeker, Lita, who is currently in hiding somewhere in Sweden, narrowly escaped being caught last week. But her partner and boyfriend Anton was apprehended by police and is now in deportation prison in Flen, from where he will shortly be removed to Russia.
28th June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran 23
5:49 PM — A German court rejected the asylum application of Samira Ghorbani Danesh, an Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, with the justification that she can hide her homosexuality in Iran and avoid criminal penalties.
1st June 2012
Feature: Is South Africa failing gay asylum seekers? 10
4:56 PM — With South Africa facing a flood of LGBT refugees from all over the African continent, a creaking asylum system is exposing them to corruption, homophobia and the risk of attack. In this feature article we investigate the gravity of the situation, its sources and possible solution.
5th May 2012
Gay man’s deportation to Cameroon halted 42
11:36 PM — The deportation of a man to Cameroon, who describes himself as gay, has been stopped, the BBC reports, after he refused to board a flight from London to Paris.
24th April 2012
Analysis: Sweden to deport trans woman assaulted and urinated on by Russian police 28
11:52 AM — As a Russian trans woman prepares to return to violence or worse if she is expelled from Sweden later this week, the latter country’s reputation as a less than welcoming place for the trans community is once more in the spotlight.
13th March 2012
Consultation seeks views on draft LGBT asylum protections 2
5:33 PM — A consultation on the international protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees and asylum seekers has been launched today.
28th February 2012
Free HIV treatment for foreign nationals in England welcomed 281
11:18 AM — A move to allow some overseas visitors in Enland to receive free treatment for HIV in the same way as other communicable infections has been welcomed.
19th August 2011
Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17
10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.
16th August 2011
Supporters launch petition for Ugandan asylum seeker 12
2:26 PM — Supporters of a Ugandan asylum seeker have launched a petition to call for him to be allowed to remain in the UK. Those who have met 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi say he is "obviously gay", despite a judge's ruling that there is no evidence of this.
21st July 2011
UK Border Agency begins recording gay asylum claims 5
2:48 PM — The government says the UK Border Agency has begun collecting data on the numbers of asylum claims based on sexual orientation. Campaigners welcomed the news and said the records would show whether the system is working.
12th July 2011
Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27
6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.
6th July 2011
Lesbian asylum seeker wins right to stay in UK 6
4:34 PM — A lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica has been granted the right to stay in the UK after immigration judges ruled that she could face persecution if sent home. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally told by the Home Office that she could not stay.
9th June 2011
Interview: Branded a liar by UK authorities, the Ugandan lesbian outed in a national newspaper 22
4:42 PM — Ugandan lesbian Betty Tibakawa has been branded three times. Twice, physically with a flat iron full of hot charcoal, in a brutal homophobic assault in Uganda which left her with permanent scars on her inner thighs. The third occasion took place here in the UK, where she has now been branded again, as a liar.
5th May 2011
Government ‘still not collecting data on gay asylum claims’ 6
4:17 PM — The UK government has admitted that it is still not collecting data on the number of people who claim asylum or are refused on the basis of their sexual orientation. Ministers promised last year that they would protect gay asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution.
3rd February 2011
Fresh appeal for lesbian asylum seeker 12
2:18 PM — A fresh appeal will be held for Ugandan asylum seeker Brenda Namigadde next week. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if deported from the UK to her home country.
9th November 2010
Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6
6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.
22nd October 2010
Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night
4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.
27th May 2010
Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7
9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.