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President Obama: Fast-track asylum for LGBT+ Russians

The Anti-Gay bill recently passed by Russian parliament means it is now a crime to write, talk or hold meetings about being gay. LGBT+ Russians are being beaten and persecuted on a daily basis. Businesses, landlords, and officials are allowed (and encouraged) to openly discriminate against LGBT+ people in Russia. As a result, gay-bashing is increasing at an alarmingly fast rate.

Last year, only a handful of Russians were granted asylum based on LGBT+ persecution. Some asylum-seekers have been forced to apply multiple times due to dismissive immigration caseworkers not believing the applicants to be gay or lesbian, thus restarting the process from the beginning for the applicant. The US needs to change asylum laws to fast-track LGBT+ asylum-seekers to gain legal access to our country, and educate immigration caseworkers on how dangerous life is for LGBT+ asylum-seekers in their home country.

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