‘How can you be lesbian and Christian?’ Home Office using religion against LGBT asylum seekers

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09/20/2019

A new report has alleged that the Home Office is using religion against LGBT+ asylum seekers. The 85-page publication also found that the government department was using some LGBT+ asylum seekers’ dependency on homophobic or transphobic friends or family to discredit their applications. The report, published earlier this month, outlines the often terrifying and traumatic experiences of LGBT+ asylum seekers navigating the UK’s immigration system. “The Home Office makes me shiver,” one asylum seeker said. “They make me tremble. Entering that Home Office is like entering the lion’s mouth.” Home Office use asylum seekers’ dependency on homophobic or transphobic relatives against them.

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