US Court Denies Jamaican Bi Man Asylum — Because He Has Sex With Women
This one’s a headscratcher. A US Court of Appeal judge refused to grant asylum to a bisexual Jamaican man; he was requesting asylum due to the high levels of homophobic violence in the country. Denying someone safety is strange enough, but wait until you hear the reason — the judge determined he couldn’t be bisexual because he had relationships with women. Does this judge know what “bisexual” means? This and more bad news in our monthly look at queerphobia around the world.
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