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Lgbt Asylum Seekers

Why Marriage Equality Is Not the End of 'Pride'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Right in the middle of the contagious enthusiasm, now proudly waving my flag, I could not help but think of all the people who still lack such a basic privilege.

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Asylum Seekers Not Getting Enough Relief, Report Finds | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the United States awaits a major Supreme Court decision that could legalize gay marriage across the nation, there are more than 70...

A Young Gay Man in Yemen: 'A Rainbow That Is My Shadow'

Elham Manea | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Elham Manea

He grew up and so did his shadow; but the older he got the more he realized that everywhere he went his rainbow cast its shadow. Society feared it most.

Who Is Overseeing Immigration Detention?

Christina Fialho | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Staff training varies dramatically from one facility to the next, with many facility officers receiving no specialized training on immigration policies and how to work with victims of torture and persecution, battered immigrants, trafficked persons, and others needing special attention.

How Pinkwashing Masks The Retrograde Effects Of Immigration Reform

Prerna Lal | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Prerna Lal

There are serious, deleterious harms as a consequence of what some may view as coalition building between mainstream immigration reform advocacy groups and LGBT groups. The end result of pinkwashing immigration reform is threefold.

Immigration Reform Is An LGBT Issue

Maya Rupert | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

There are at least 267,000 undocumented LGBT people in this country who support this economy and contribute to their communities but must live under the specter of deportation, so crafting a workable and humane immigration policy is something in which the LGBT community has a stake.

Cities Of Refuge

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

American cities must add refugee assistance to particular city agencies' responsibilities. We cannot simply wait for LGBT asylum seekers to wander into a community center and then scramble to find homestays, food and legal assistance. But community-based groups need to be involved.

Support, Not Stereotypes, When Interviewing LGBTI Refugees

Neil Grungras | Posted 10.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Neil Grungras

When the Canadian legal system erupted into a debate last month over how to prove someone is gay, one of the most enlightened countries in the world showed that even it is not prepared to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people who arrive at its shores.

Many NGOs Neglect Queer Refugees

Erwin de Leon | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

A survey conducted by ORAM and Indiana University found that while NGOs worldwide provide crucial protection for refugees, these very groups often fail to adequately protect LGBTI refugees. Many ignore the refugees' unique plight or are ill-equipped to work with queer people.

Advocacy Group Releases First-Ever Guide To Welcoming LGBTI Refugees To The U.S.

Erwin de Leon | Posted 06.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) has just released the first-ever guide to welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people fleeing persecution in their home countries.

'Not Gay Enough' May Mean Deportation For Some Asylum Seekers | DAN BILEFSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Romulo Castro considered attending his asylum interview in Rosedale, Queens, dressed as Fidela Castro, a towering drag queen in six-inch stilettos, a ...