Protection of gay asylum seekers

The Home Secretary to-be Theresa May promoted the Conservative Party's "Contract for Equalities", and stated:
The Home Secretary to-be Theresa May promoted the Conservative Party's "Contract for Equalities", and stated:

"...we would change the rules so that gay people fleeing persecution were granted asylum. At the moment gay asylum seekers are often returned to countries with homophobic regimes and told to keep their sexuality a secret."

It has yet to be written into Home Office policy. On the face of it, it doesn't really change anything. Some people are already accepted by the courts and the Home Office to be refugees because of their sexuality.

However, some LGBT cases are refused because they are told to keep their sexuality a secret. In so doing, they evade persecution and do not need protection as refugees. In a few weeks the High Court will settle the issue in a case supported by UNHCR and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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