LGBTQ+ Asylum Issues
LGBT+ individuals around the world often live in unsafe conditions because of discrimination and persecution aimed at punishing them for being who they are. In some countries, same-sex relationships and gender transition are explicitly criminalized or culturally stigmatized so heavily that their freedoms and safety can be in jeopardy. In other countries, the laws about same-sex relationships or gender transition might be more lenient, but cultural practices persist in creating conditions of persecution and discrimination.
Being LGBT+ has largely been recognized in U.S. asylum law as a protected category of identity. If an LGBT+ person can establish that their asylum claim meets the other required elements, that person can hope to be granted asylum and be permitted to remain in the United States permanently, living authentically with confidence.
Because of the nuance involved in proving LGBT+ identity and country conditions, a consultation with an affirming, informed, and allied attorney can make all the difference in your asylum case.