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I highly recommend this article in the Huffington Post about the deeply shocking developments in Uganda, which is legislating homophobia in the most vicious terms:
Ugandan Leatitia Nanziri, slated for deportation because neither the Refugee Division nor Immigration Canada believed she was a lesbian, has been granted a reprieve by the Federal Court which reviewed her case. The court sent her case back for redetermination; that will happen in about six months. Her stay in Canada, with her two Canadian-born children, is not yet assured, but this is a very positive development.
Immigration Canada denied Leatitia Nanziri's claim for refugee status because they don't believe she is a lesbian. Nanziri fled Uganda when she was outed by her girlfriend's father. Lesbians in Uganda are often stoned to death.
The Refugee Division refused her claim because she was carrying a child when she arrived: a product of having been raped. Then they turned down her claim to stay in Canada on compassionate grounds because she had a second child in Canada, with a man.
Canada doesn't understand that if you live in a repressive country you may hide your sexual orientation; you may have a heterosexual marriage. And just like many Canadian lesbians with a husband and maybe children in their past, Ugandan lesbians may marry...and still be lesbians.
It is deeply distressing that Nanziri will be going back to Uganda to face the possibility of death for being queer, when Canada, a country that styles itself as supportive of queers, has sent her there.