Friday, September 19, 2008

Opening the Doors

A federal appeals court ruled recently that a gay Jamaican man has the right to argue for asylum based on the discrimination and violence he would face in his home country. Damion Bromfield's case sets a precedent, argue the editors of The Seattle Times, that those fleeing anti-gay persecution at home can find freedoms and safety in the U.S.

The plight of LGBT immigrants fleeing homophobic persecution is one of many immigration-related issues that groups such as Immigration Equality are addressing and offering support for. For more information, visit Immigration Equality. PFLAG also has positions on helping LGBT immigrants, for example read about PFLAG's support for the Uniting American Families Act that would allow partners and spouses of LGBT Americans the same rights and privileges as straight couples.

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