How do I prove I'm gay? Asylum hurdles for LGBT people | Our Voices, Our Choices


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Deeply intimate questions are often asked of people seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation. Yet, few have ever dared live out their sexuality. This podcast listens to the global experiences of LGBT asylum applicants. Not only do fewer States grant asylum on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity but LGBT applicants struggle with issues of proof and credibility. Mohamed tells how German asylum officials overly rely on the narrow stereotype of the promiscuous gay man. In South Africa, we hear how homophobia and high rejection rates sent Pukkie into prostitution. And in the US, we find out that hermetically sealed borders may now be opening up. A podcast by Abby d'Arcy.

Participants: Mohamed, Johannes Mikolajetz, Katrin Hugendubel, Victor Chicalogwe, Pukkie Sibanda, Neela Ghoshal.

Editors: Jana Prosinger, Joanna Barelkowska.

"Homosexuality in the asylum process - stereotypes, discretion and heteronormativity" (in German) by Johannes Mikolajetz, Working Paper #26, 2020ät-im-Asyl…

Humboldt Law Clinic Grund- und Menschenrechte / Humboldt Law Clinic for constitutional and human rights:

ILGA EUROPE - working towards equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in Europe:

PASSOP - advocates for LGBTI refugees and confronts homo-, trans- and xenophobia in South Africa:

Human Rights Watch report, by Neela Ghoshal: “Every Day I Live in Fear” Violence and discrimination against LGBT people in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and obstacles to asylum in the US:…

Music: CC-BY "Adrenaline" by "KrySoar"

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