Ugandan woman granted refugee status for being a lesbian

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A 27-year-old woman from Uganda was granted refugee status in South Korea after claiming she was in danger for being a lesbian.

The woman, whose name remains anonymous for legal reasons, fled to South Korea in 2011 after her neighbors killed her family because of her sexual orientation.

Her first request for refugee status was rejected. Yesterday, the court ruled that if she were to be sent back to Uganda she would more than likely face persecution.

Though it is legal to be gay in South Korea, same-sex civil unions, marriage, and adoption are not legal and still considered taboo. 

Uganda has some of the harshest anti-gay groups and laws including the Anti-Homosexuality Bill being processed right now that would give the African country the right to execute someone for being gay. 

The legislation is nicknamed the “Kill the Gays Bill” and was first proposed in 2009. 

At the end of 2012, the Ugandan government was hoping to give their country a “Christmas Present” by passing the bill by December. Proponents of the legislation say that homosexuals are a danger to society, are pedophiles, and threaten the people of Uganda by spreading AIDS. 

Uganda has received criticism from human rights and LGBT organizations as well as other countries who have threatened to pull funds and aid from the country were the bill to pass. 

It is already illegal to be gay in Uganda. The punishment as of now extends to life in prison. 

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