Five reasons Canada might decide you’re not gay (Part 1)

Canada 1December 7, 2015 – Reported by the Daily Xtra – So you’re a gay Syrian man fleeing violence and persecution in your homeland. You hear that Canada will be prioritizing LGBT people for resettlement and you’re hopeful that means you’ll soon be safe on Canadian soil. Not so fast. The Liberals have announced that the government will not be sponsoring single Syrian men due to security concerns. And while they have said that gay men will be prioritized, that means that many Syrians will first have to prove that they’re gay. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has guidelines for how front-line workers should try to determine the sexual orientation of refugee claimants. These include suggestions like exploring applicants’ experiences of difference or shame instead of asking detailed questions about their sex lives. But a look at judgments from Canada’s Refugee Appeal Division shows that immigration officials sometimes don’t follow that advice. Instead, they will often nitpick statements and discredit the testimony of refugees based on unfounded ideas of how sexual orientation works…story continued below…

Source: Five reasons Canada might decide you’re not gay (Part 1) | Daily Xtra

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