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Nigerian Asylum Seeker Has Two Weeks To Prove She's A Lesbian Or Face Death: VIDEO

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Aderonke Apata (pictured above at right with her current fiancée) fled Nigeria 10 years ago when her family and girlfriend were murdered. Apata was sentenced to death for being gay. In fact, she has scars upon her head and back from where she’s been beaten and stabbed by boys in her community disgusted at her being a lesbian.

After having her pleas for asylum rejected twice by the United Kingdom, she now has just two weeks to convince the UK Home Office that she will be killed if sent back to Nigeria. In part, she has to prove that she’s actually a lesbian by enduring extensive, intrusive interviews about her sexual behavior (we’re talking questions about penetration, positions and what she does and does not enjoy in bed).

Apata says that some asylum seekers even go to the degrading extent of recording themselves having sex just to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are in fact gay.

On March 28th of this year, Home Secretary Teresa May announced that the UK asylum system will be reviewed and reformed so that questions focus on sexual orientation rather than behavior. But while that reform may help people in the future, there’s a petition asking the UK Home Office to grant her asylum now.

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  1. And who will determine whether or not she is "officially" a lesbian? Some straight, stuffy old Brit who has sex once a year with his wife? Now I know why the British are so despised around the world.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 9, 2014 10:51:37 AM


  2. "Now I know why the British are so despised around the world."

    Believe me, it would create far more of a nationalistic backlash if they just opened the borders completely to anyone claiming to be gay...which would be most anyone intelligent in the 3rd world, since the primary motive of most intelligent people in the 3rd world is to get out of it.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 9, 2014 10:59:02 AM


  3. If they're smart, every overseas Nigerian will now suddenly discover they're gay so they won't have to go back to their corrupt, hell-hole of a country.

    Posted by: Glen | Apr 9, 2014 11:26:20 AM


  4. The point is, how can you prove you are gay without undergoing a process that is a violation of your right to privacy? Can't be done. Has anybody ever been asked to prove their heterosexuality?

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 9, 2014 11:33:32 AM


  5. Of course! It's the UK that's the evil player here and not Nigeria. Just like when Rosie says that a US Christian is no better than an Iranian Muslim. You know both are just as likey to have her hanged and tortured in a public square.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 9, 2014 11:44:27 AM


  6. I hope she and others in her situation find asylum in an LGBT-friendly nation.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Apr 9, 2014 12:56:31 PM


  7. @ECHTKULTIG, where do you get your information that "the primary motive of most intelligent people in the 3rd world is to get out of it"? Blanket statements require proof. (And labeling me a "concern troll" is not proof.)

    Posted by: DW | Apr 9, 2014 1:01:14 PM


  8. @Mike: You know damn well that if the cops ALLOWED some christians in this country to hang people for who they are, they would. That's the difference between the Iranian Muslim and the American Christian. It's all about what the law on the streets will and will not allow it's community to engage in.

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    On another note, what ever happened to the guy GUY from Nigeria that the UK was threatening to expel? Was he sent back?

    Posted by: Rodney | Apr 9, 2014 6:59:02 PM


  9. I have a gay friend who is an Asylum Officer. When he's interviewing someone seeking asylum on account of being gay and facing anti-gay persecution at home, he asks questions like what bars they go to, where they hang out, etc., and then asks them to describe the place. Not perfect (especially for those who don't drink, can't afford to go out, etc.) but less invasive than it could be. Though if I were seeking asylum, I'd be willing to demonstrate in open court how much I like guys (assuming there was someone cute to demonstrate with).

    Posted by: Icarus | Apr 9, 2014 8:33:38 PM


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