7th November 2013
European Court of Justice rules gay asylum seekers can seek sanctuary in EU 10
11:51 AM — The European Union’s highest court has ruled that gay people from three African countries, who feared persecution due to their sexual orientation, have grounds for asylum in the EU.
11th October 2013
Home Affairs Select Committee slams government on LGBT asylum policy 10
11:05 AM — The Home Affairs Select Committee says LGBT asylum seekers are still being ordered to "prove" their sexuality and Chairman Keith Vaz has strongly criticised the practice.
25th September 2013
Downing Street protest in support of LGBT asylum seekers 2
1:27 PM — A protest designed to raise awareness of the plight of LGBT asylum seekers will take place opposite Downing Street on Friday, campaigners have announced.
2nd September 2013
Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant blasted for saying gay asylum cases ‘will always be messy’ 7
9:51 AM — A top barrister has criticised Chris Bryant’s previous comments in defence of the Home Office from claims LGBT asylum seekers have been deported in recent years - and he says the Shadow Immigration Minister needs to be better briefed.
Interview: S Chelvan – on protecting the rights of LGBT asylum seekers 2
9:27 AM — One of the country’s leading barristers talks to PinkNews.co.uk on how those fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution abroad are still being failed by the UK when it comes to providing asylum.
4th July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas: When I raise the issue of LGBT asylum with the government I come up against a brick wall 5
1:34 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas says the government must do more to ensure that the UK Border Agency does not deport LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
3rd July 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Gambia this evening 6
11:40 AM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Gambia this evening.
Labour MP Chris Bryant defends UK Border Agency over claims it has deported gay asylum seekers 23
11:39 AM — Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant has robustly defended the Home Office and the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported by officials in recent years.
18th June 2013
UK: Injunction halts deportation order of lesbian asylum seeker with just hours to spare 6
6:13 PM — A last minute injunction has been granted for a lesbian asylum seeker who was due to be deported to Uganda this evening from the UK.
9th April 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Uganda on Wednesday 19
7:10 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Wednesday evening.
5th April 2013
UK: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers ‘inappropriate’ questions such as ‘Have you read Oscar Wilde?’ 11
5:25 PM — New research shows LGBT asylum seekers are regularly being asked “inappropriate and insensitive” questions by judges.
27th March 2013
Lib Dems’ LGBT group urges for better training of Home Office LGBT asylum caseworkers
10:59 AM — In the wake of the government’s decision to abolish the UK Border Agency, the Lib Dems’ LGBT group says LGBT asylum cases need to be handled better by officials.
26th March 2013
Theresa May announces scrapping of ‘defensive’ and ‘secretive’ UK Border Agency 10
3:57 PM — A government agency that has repeatedly been accused of deporting LGBT asylum seekers is to be scrapped and split in two, Theresa May has confirmed.
13th March 2013
UK: Protest planned outside Home Office following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker 53
1:15 PM — Campaigners are blaming the UK Border Agency for deporting an asylum seeker who has reportedly died in Uganda after she claimed she was at risk of homophobic persecution.
5th March 2013
Malawian asylum seeker who claimed of being at risk of homophobic persecution deported from UK 15
1:34 PM — An asylum seeker from Malawi, who claimed he was at risk of homophobic persecution and said that the authorities in Malawi are looking to punish him for the actions of his father in the killing of a religious leader, has now been deported from the UK.
1st March 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men receive permission to stay after death threats from home 17
6:28 PM — The couple whose separation in Uganda and eventual reunion and marriage in Sweden made international news have learnt that they have both been granted asylum.
7th February 2013
Sweden: Gay couple married in Sweden say their families back home are being harassed 4
1:31 PM — Two Ugandan asylum seekers were reunited in Sweden and married last month, but they say their relatives back home are being harassed over the news of their wedding.
6th February 2013
Human rights lawyer: ‘LGBT asylum seekers feel pressured to film sex to prove their sexuality’ 13
3:06 PM — A leading human rights lawyer has criticised the UK Border Agency for subjecting LGBT asylum seekers to "inhuman and degrading" pressure to "prove" their sexual or gender identity.
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.