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Asylum Denied: The Grim Irony of Proof of Sexuality Edicts

United_States_Court_of_Appeals_for_the_Seventh_Circuit_Seal.svgLast week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued a decision:that a  bi Jamaican asylum-seeker isn’t actually bisexual. As in Orashia Edwards recent Uk asylum case, Fuller found that his claim of bisexuality was rejected because of his relationships with women.  

If a documented history of relationships with more than one gender does not equal ‘bi’, what can we do? Holly Matthies tackles the thorny issue of ‘proving’ your sexuality.

My first exposure to the news of Ray Fuller’s failed asylum case was a tweet from Bisexual Index. “Horrifying,” it said. “Not bisexual because he’s attracted to women, asylum judge rules.”

My first response was to write When we say “Biphobia kills,” it’s not hyperbole. People don’t know what bisexuality is, and that harms bisexuals. It’s not the only way biphobia can be deadly, of course, but for anyone to be deported… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 13/6/15

Laverne_Cox_at_Paley_Fest_Orange_Is_The_New_BlackHere’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

 

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Image:  “Actress Laverne Cox at The Paley Center For Media’s PaleyFest 2014 Honoring “Orange Is The New Black”” by Dominic D. Shared under CC BY 2.0. Via Wikimedia Commons.

You Didn't Hear it From Us 30/05/15

Northland_High_School_valedictorian_joins_Navy_130501-N-XB536-034Here’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

 

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Bisexual Orashia Edwards denied asylum

Following a Judicial Review, Orashia Edwards has again been denied asylum in the UK, Radio Aire is reporting.

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Edwards lost his primary campaign against the institutionally biphobic UK asylum system in December 2013, after a lengthy battle in which he was accused of dishonesty by a court that believes that because Edwards has a child he cannot be bisexual. Edwards has previously told the press that he “would rather die than get on a plane”. Jamaica’s notorious Offenses Against the Person Act criminalises acts of ‘gross indecency’ between men in public and private, and anal sex between any genders.

In March this year, video emerged of a gay man being stoned to death by a homophobic mob in Montego Bay. Biscuit has chosen not to link to this graphic content, which can be found online.

Edwards moved to Antigua at the age of 16 and married an older woman in an attempt to veil his sexuality. His wife exposed his sexuality online, causing concern as to his safety should he return to his country of birth.

In 2011, he fled to the UK to be with his family in Leeds.

It is grimly ironic that since publicity surrounding Edwards case has increased, so has the risk he faces should he return to Kingston.
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You didn't hear it from us (13/03/2015)

Harry-Styles-2Here’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

Biscuit shares panel with asylum seeker Aderonke Apata

B_gFI4IU8AIb5O5.jpg_largeLast weekend, Biscuit’s editor-in-chief Lottie was privileged enough to join a panel of inspiring lesbian and bisexual woman at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s Sugar and Spice event. One of these was Nigerian Aderonke Apata, who is fighting to stay in the country in light of a Home Office ruling that she cannot be a lesbian because she has children and has been in heterosexual relationships.

Apata appeared in the High Court last week to challenge the Home Office’s decision to refuse her asylum. During the hearing, Home Secretary barrister Andrew Bird insisted that she was simply someone who had “indulged in same-sex activity”. “You can’t be a heterosexual one day and a lesbian the next day,” he asserted.”Just as you can’t change your race.” Apata was told that the results of her appeal would arrive at the end of the month. Outside the court, Apata fell into the arms of her wife-to-be, Happiness Agboro.

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Biscuit’s Lottie Dingle joins Aderonke Apata on a Lesbian and Gay Foundation panel

Apata’s story is a harrowing one. When Apata’s family found out she had a female partner, they dragged her to a Sharia court to be stoned for adultery. A “legal technicality” gave her the time she needed to flee to England. After she left, her female partner of 20 years was killed by vigilantes.
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