Jamaican Lesbian Granted Asylum in UK

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British immigration judges have ruled that an out Jamaican lesbian can remain in the UK, as she will likely face violence and persecution if she returns to her home country.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, first came to the UK to study in 2003, at which time she first began openly dating women. In her native Jamaica, she had arranged meetings and group outings with other gay women through Internet chatrooms, but these had often resulted in harassment from nearby men who suspected the women were lesbians. On more than one occasion, the woman claims she was threatened with “corrective” rape to rid her of her homosexuality.

The Upper Tribunal deemed that the woman will be in danger of rape and murder if forced to return to Jamaica. Her petition for asylum was granted on Wednesday.

To read more about LGBT tension in Jamaica, click here.

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