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Amid Protest, Gay Nigerian Man Deported from UK

Despite hundreds of emails and calls begging the British government to reverse its decision, gay Nigerian Olalekan M. Ayelokun, known as Ola, was deported from the UK on Wednesday despite dangers he may face upon his return, the SSO reports:

AyelokunAyelokun’s asylum application was rejected after a judge ruled that he did not believe he was gay.

Several friends and lovers of Ayelokun, including a member of the British civil service, had given extensive testimony supporting his assertion that he is an openly gay man. But, in the absence of specific guidelines on how to handle such claims, the judge had the discretion to reject that claim.
 
In Nigeria, the maximum sentence for homosexuality is 14 years in prison. “I feel terrible, traumatised. I am very afraid they are going to kill me in Nigeria,” Ayelokun said in a statement.

AllOut.org is now running another petition to tell the UK Home Secretary "to do what they've promised and lay out clear and fair guidelines on adjudicating asylum claims of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK."

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  1. HE SHOULD HAVE SHOWED UP IN COURT IN FULL DRAG.

    Posted by: THE QUEEN | Oct 19, 2012 12:42:31 PM


  2. I have followed this for awhile, this poor man must be devastated. Just disgusting.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 19, 2012 1:41:16 PM


  3. The judge should learn what Honey Boo-Boo knows, "Everybody's a little gay!"

    Posted by: trees | Oct 19, 2012 2:32:10 PM


  4. Sadly, the UK and Canada both refuse to enshrine certain reasons for seeking asylum. The worldwide cold shoulder toward refugees reflects the new age of commercially driven public policy. To say that all gays and lesbians from places like Nigeria and Uganda (even worse) or the middle east, can seek asylum because they are gay provokes a fear among the right wing that perhaps we'll be flooded with new claims. Maybe they're right to fear that, since unless all major western countries open up the door (the USA, Europe, and Australia) then if one country moves first on principle they will be a beacon for refugees. But would that beacon not shed a light on the issue for all other countries? Wouldn't it be great if Britain or Canada walked the talk? It's not enough to say you have an open door, you have to stop slamming it shut every time someone tries to come through.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 19, 2012 4:22:47 PM


  5. "...then if one country moves first on principle they will be a beacon for refugees. But would that beacon not shed a light on the issue for all other countries? Wouldn't it be great if Britain or Canada walked the talk? It's not enough to say you have an open door, you have to stop slamming it shut every time someone tries to come through."

    Are you the same Jason who posts here everyday? You're actually making sense and being thoughtful?

    Oh, honey, this is unreal. Let me get the hell out of this damn office and get me a drink.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 19, 2012 4:38:10 PM


  6. It doesn't even matter if someone is gay. Just saying you're gay is enough to get you in trouble. That's how homophobia works.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 19, 2012 5:22:52 PM


  7. Why didn't one of his friends just marry him ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 19, 2012 11:58:25 PM


  8. ICEBLOD - that's the answer. If it is. Could he have done that? Would it have made a differnce?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 20, 2012 5:40:03 AM


  9. "Several friends and lovers" has a somewhat sleazy ring to it...maybe not "sleazy" but it just sounds diminishing. And I'm not sure that just saying you are "gay" should be enough to grant asylum, for the reasons stated above. If that's the case, they WILL be flooded with gays from all other the world...just sayin'

    Posted by: Yawn | Oct 21, 2012 1:28:05 AM


  10. Sad just sad the poor dude'll probably be lynched .i ain't proud to say this but my country is one of the most bigoted countries they use religion and culture to justify their hate forgeting that niether islam or christianity is part of our so called culture and our culture says nothing about homosexuality. in this world ,they'll always despise what they don't understand.

    Posted by: Ichabod | Nov 1, 2012 4:54:39 PM


  11. But anyway they have good reason to doubt him nigerian dudes haven't been trustworthy.

    Posted by: Ichabod | Nov 1, 2012 4:55:54 PM


  12. Let that animal remain there,if i see a gay or lesbians i will kill him or her,western countries with devilish cultures trying to influence others,gay and lesbians are abominations in nigeria,

    Posted by: Nigeria | Jan 5, 2013 6:19:31 AM


  13. how to handle such claims, the judge had the discretion to reject that claim.

    Posted by: Cheap Snapback Hats | Jan 15, 2013 7:09:34 AM


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