IF I'M PERSECUTED BECAUSE I'M GAY OR LESBIAN, IS THIS A REASON TO GET ASYLUM?

 

Yes, it is. If you are gay, lesbian or transgender and you were fleeing your country of origin because you were persecuted for this, then it might be a good idea to discuss this in your asylum interview, as it may impact whether you will get asylum or not. You have the right to get refugee status on the grounds of your gender identity, gender expression (e. g. the way you dress) or sexual preference (e. g. same sex relationships) if your life, liberty, physical safety or other basic human rights are threatened. Persecution by government authorities is grounds for asylum, but so is persecution by other actors including family members, non-governmental organizations, religious institutions, particular individuals or other elements of society. If your feared persecutor is non-governmental, you will be eligible for asylum only if the state authorities cannot or will not protect you. We have collected useful information about what is important know, when you apply for asylum because of your sexual orientation. You can find the info material here.  

If you need help or have questions regarding this topic, you can write us a message on Facebook. We recommend you to seek professional help, if you want to apply for asylum on the basis of your gender or sexual orientation. We can assist you by putting you in contact with an organisation which is specialized in this issue. Because of privacy issues, please don't contact us via a Facebook comment, as it will be publicly visible.