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Bisexual Asylum Seeker Avoids Deportation To Jamaica - VIDEO

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Orashia Edwards, a bisexual Jamaican man who says he faces danger in his native country because of his sexuality, learned on Tuesday that he will not be deported from the U.K.

Homophobia remains a major issue in Jamaican society.

The case for a judicial review of Home Secretary Theresa May's decision was thrown out by a judge in Leeds.

In his written judgement, Judge Clive Heaton QC said that Edwards was being dishonest about his sexuality.

According to Pink News, Edwards has been living in the U.K. for four years along with the rest of his family. He has a one-year-old daughter. Mr Edwards has not been in Jamaica for 14 years.

Speaking to the BBC after the verdict, Edwards said:

"This is my home, I feel safe here, my family and friends are here. I can't go back to Jamaica."

In a press release, activist organization Leeds For Change, which has claimed Home Office decisions behind asylum are prejudiced against LGBT applicants, said it “won’t stop fighting for Orashia to stay here in Leeds with us, his family and the LGBT community. An application to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Orashia will be issued shortly.”

All claims of bias in asylum applications have been denied by the government.

Edwards learned Tuesday that he will now not be deported from the U.K. A spokesperson from the Home Office refused to comment on the change in its decision.

Edwards is today in court submitting new evidence.

Watch State Of Limbo, a short documentary about the Edwards case, and a follow-up interview prior to the hearing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Jamaica is no Uganda.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 3, 2014 9:43:33 AM


  2. It's not Uganda, but it is still a hell-hole for LGBs.

    Posted by: ok-then | Jul 3, 2014 11:02:09 AM


  3. It's not Uganda, but it's not far behind: http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/07/01/thousands-jamaicans-rally-save-antigay-buggery-law

    Posted by: Aaron Akins | Jul 3, 2014 12:59:44 PM


  4. gay people in Jamaica are in serious danger. From a Wikipedia article:

    Jamaican culture is seen as one of the most violent towards gay men in particular and, in 2006, Time noted it likely was the worst place in the Americas for LGBT people and one of the most homophobic places in the world.[1][2][3] Sex between men is punishable with up to ten years' jail.[1]

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 3, 2014 7:43:45 PM


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