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LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

By Sarah Karlan | Buzzfeed

Immigration Equality’s LGBT Asylum Program represents LGBT individuals fleeing Russia, Uganda, and countless other countries.

Immigration Equality released a short film sharing success stories from their LGBT Asylum Program, which represents over 400 individuals from all over the world.

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Alexander Kargaltsev, a photographer and graduate of Russia’s top film academy, spent his childhood in Moscow.

Alexander Kargaltsev, a photographer and graduate of Russia's top film academy, spent his childhood in Moscow.

He experienced first hand the country’s homophobic environment.

He experienced first hand the country's homophobic environment.

When he began to fear for his own safety, he finally made the decision to leave.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

He was granted asylum on May 5th, 2011.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

Victor Mukasa is a human rights defender living in Baltimore, MD.

Victor Mukasa is a human rights defender living in Baltimore, MD.

In his home country of Uganda, the issue of sexual orientation is just beginning to be understood.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

His own religious community attempted to convert him from his transgender sexual identity.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

Along with other activists, he co-founded Uganda’s top LGBT rights group.

Along with other activists, he co-founded Uganda's top LGBT rights group.

He was granted asylum on June 27th, 2013.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

Damaris Rostran, a social worker and community organizer, came to the United States from Nicaragua.

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She kept her sexual orientation a secret to everyone but her own grandmother, who urged her to leave.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

Having lost a friend herself, she knew what could possibly happen if she was open about her sexuality.

LGBT Refugees Now Living In The United States Share Their Stories

Damaris was granted asylum on May 8th, 2013. She now lives with her partner in New Jersey.

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Watch the entire film:

Click here to donate to Immigration Equality’s LGBT Asylum Program.

3 Responses to Buzzfeed features our asylum winners!

  1. Stephen Silva says:

    You’re doing amazing work, ImEq. Thanks for sharing these stories with the world. Keep fighting the good fight.

  2. Francis Mugerwa says:

    If it wasn’t for Immigration Equality, were would people like Damaris, Alexander, and Victor Mukasa be now? And what would their lives be? Every life is precious and special and deserves to be protected including LGTBI people’s lives. Saving life is a number priority and noble work. Immigration Equality is saving lives. I so much wish the whole world could join and support Immigration Equality’s noble work of saving lives!

  3. Mi says:

    Wow thank you again so much for your work, i will definitely start contributing once i start working again, we filed our green card petition right after the supreme court made the ruling, and our work permit has been approved so next interview the we can put all our worries of been torn apart aside.

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