‘Canada saved my life’: Surge of LGBTQ refugees seek asylum in Edmonton

On Feb 16, 2017 CBC reported: ‘They must be given the same kind of support and protection that we had provided other newcomers’

For Adebayo Katiiti, returning to Uganda would be a death sentence.

The transgender man has claimed asylum in Canada, hoping to make Edmonton his permanent home.

He’s already been jailed in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal under a colonial-era law that prohibits sex acts “against the order of nature.”

“A lot of gay people in Uganda face threats, they are homeless or they are attacked when people realize that you are gay,” Katiiti said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.

“They can attack you anywhere, even on the side of the road. A few weeks ago I lost my gay friend, he was killed. He was stoned to death.”

Katiiti is among a growing number of LGBTQ people seeking asylum in Alberta’s capital city.

The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is reporting a significant increase in the number of gay or transgender refugee claimants in the region, many of whom are “desperately” seeking protection in homeless shelters.

They’ve had more cases involving sexual or gender minorities in January and February of this year than in the past three years combined, the EMCN said.

Read more at ‘Canada saved my life’: Surge of LGBTQ refugees seek asylum in Edmonton – Edmonton – CBC News

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