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.
8th February 2010
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.