Across the globe, LGBTQ people face agonizing discrimination, violence, and hatred. LGBTQ people are criminalized in 71 countries. In 11, the death penalty can be imposed on someone because of their LGBTQ identity.
In May, 21 activists were jailed in Ghana for advocating for LGBTQ rights. In January, Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency due to record-breaking violence against trans women.
Meanwhile, the U.S. does allow LGBTQ people to seek asylum here who have faced persecution or have reasonable fear of persecution as members of a “particular social group” in their home countries.
But a growing backlog of cases makes the process incredibly difficult for these vulnerable people. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the asylum backlog is currently 386,000 cases deep. And the total number of backlogged immigration cases is hitting a new record of over 1.3 million.
Joseph, a gay man from Ghana, is waiting for his asylum case to be heard in the U.S.
He describes what this limbo feels like in an in-depth report from MSNBC on LGBTQ asylum seekers.
“I came from a place where my life was under threat and then I come to a place where you have to wait this long to get what you want, but at least you’re safe.”
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