Canada’s queer community needs to help persecuted sexual minorities

Rainbow Flag BANNERMay 25, 2015 – Reported by the Globe and Mail – On a recent tour of the country to promote reforms to the refugee system, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney took the lesbian and gay community to task, urging them to “step up to the plate” and help resettle refugees facing persecution based on sexual orientation. Meantime, the usually conservative Supreme Court of the United Kingdom issued a landmark decision refusing to deport two gay men to countries with records of persecuting sexual minorities.

It might seem incongruous that a conservative politician and cautious judges are providing remarkable leadership on an issue largely neglected by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Canadians. But while Mr. Kenney promotes the sponsorship of LGBT refugees and staid judicial Lords argue that gay men should be free to live openly without fear, most Canadians attending Pride festivals this summer will be paying little attention to the plight of sexual minorities in other countries.

To be sure, both the Canadian and British governments have spotty records on LGBT refugee rights. In 2009, Mr. Kenney appointed Doug Cryer, a long-time Conservative who opposes same-sex marriage, to the tribunal that decides whether gays get refugee status in Canada. More recently, the minister was accused of blocking any reference to lesbian and gay rights in a new Canadian citizenship study guide for immigrants. And in the spring, the Conservative government’s initial refugee-reform proposals were denounced as unfair for people facing homophobic persecution…story continues below…

via Canada’s queer community needs to help persecuted sexual minorities – The Globe and Mail.

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