Gay asylum seekers to be discussed at Lib Dem conference
Rights for LGBT asylum seekers will be one of the primary focuses at the Lib Dem conference to be held in Bournemouth in September.
The DELGA, the Lib Dem gay group, is calling for equal rights for the LGBT community.
It put forward the motion to discuss the state of LGBT asylum seekers facing deportation from the UK.
They plan to argue the idea that LGBT asylum seekers can be deported on the grounds they act on their sexuality “discreetly” at home is “an inappropriate message for a the British government to send in the 21st century.”
DELGA secretary Drian Trett said the motion “was on the preliminary list for the conference.”
While the motion is not set in stone, its hoped that it will be discussed in detail the Lib Dem conference.
Mr Trett said the DELGA would be campaigning for better protection of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.
Rights for gay asylum seekers was an issue at London’s Pride march last month.
Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Minister for Equality, was booed by the Pride crowd while delivering her speech.
Some Pride London marchers felt the Labour government was exposing LGBT asylum seekers to possible torture, imprisonment and execution by deporting them from Britain.