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Lgbt Asylum Seekers

AsylumConnect Launches New Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers in Seattle, WA

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Katie Sgarro

Cell phones continue to act as lifelines for marginalized and impoverished populations. One such population is LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. LGBTQ asylum seekers are people who are coming to the U.S. due to persecution in their home countries.

#ShadowsSpeakUp Instagram Campaign to Raise Awareness for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Sgarro

LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. currently suffer from a severe lack of attention and resources. AsylumConnect (a volunteer initiative that seeks to provide LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. with lifesaving online informational resources) is trying to change that.

No Way Out

Katie Sgarro | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Katie Sgarro

Although often lauded as one of the most generous in the world, the U.S. asylum system remains conspicuously flawed. Many potential asylum seekers are...

My Top 10 Takeaways From the 2015 Forbes Under 30 Summit

Katie Sgarro | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Katie Sgarro

The Under 30 Summit is the young entrepreneur's dream. From inspiring keynotes to pitch contests to the Under 30 Music Festival, the Summit celebrates bold ideas and challenges attendees to continue to push boundaries.

Why Marriage Equality Is Not the End of 'Pride'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

nytimes.com | 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 ...