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July 16, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas is a former Washington Post reporter who has lived in the US since he was 12

Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the best-known undocumented immigrants in the US, was detained by Border Patrol agents in Texas on Tuesday (15 July) in an incident that qickly made headlines.

A photo of Vargas in handcuffs was posted on Twitter sparking outrage among supporters. He was later released.

Vargas, who is Filipino and gay, is an outspoken activist for immigration reform in the US. He had been attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles when he was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.

April 10, 2014

‘I’m gay, I’m gay! I don’t want to go back to Cameroon!’ he allegedly shouted, as he was being attacked

Friends of a blind bisexual asylum seeker from Cameroon are accusing UK deportation officers of beating him up.

Alain Kouayep Tchatchue fled after the people in his town discovered he was having sex with another man.

Fearing being beaten or killed, the French speaker came to the UK in order to live and love freely. In his time here, he has found another male partner – another asylum seeker.

The Home Office rejected his claim of asylum and issued a deportation order last week.

October 25, 2013

A record number of Russian LGBTs are seeking asylum in the United States with over 800 applications from Russian citizens during the last 12 months

Russia’s growing climate of intolerance for LGBT people appears to be responsible for a spike in applications for asylum in the United States by Russians.

837 Russians sought asylum in the US during the last 12 months compared to 722 the year before – the most since 2002.

LGBT group Immigration Equality say they have received 99 inquiries from Russian LGBT asylum seekers when they only received 63 inquiries from Russians during the previous 12 months – suggesting LGBT Russians make up a large proportion of the Russians to seek asylum in the US in 2013.

May 22, 2013

They say system 'dehumanizes, scapegoats and vilifies all immigrants, including LGBT immigrants'

LGBT groups are livid that gay couples will not be included in a new bill that would offer US citizenship to immigrants living in the country before 31 December 2011.

Senator Patrick Leahy (pictured) had tried to have same-sex couples included in the legislation but could not garner support from even his fellow Democrats who said they did not want the inclusion to jeopardize overall immigration reform.

February 7, 2013

The US Senator from Florida said that immigration reform will be 'difficult enough as is' without considering protections for same-sex binational couples

US Senator Marco Rubio hopes LGBT family rights won't become 'a central issue' in the nation's immigration reform plan.

The Republican senator from Florida said in an interview with Buzzfeed Brews: 'The immigration issue has so many landmines and pitfalls that it's going to be hard enough to do, as is.'

Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also said: 'I think if that issue becomes a central issue in the debate, it's just going to make it harder to get it done because there's going to be a lot of strong feelings about it on both sides.'

January 29, 2013

US President Barack Obama is expected to allow foreign gay partners of Americans to be eligible for a green card

September 7, 2012

Campaigners will march in Copenhagen to stop the deportation of Fernanda Milan who fears she will be attacked, tortured and killed if sent back to Guatemala

Campaigners will march through the streets of Copenhagen to protest the deportation of trans woman Fernanda Milán back to Guatemala, where she fears she will be attacked and killed.

Activists will demonstrate in the Danish capital's Kongens Nytorv square on Saturday (8 September) at noon, where there will also be political speeches and music.

Guatamala has a shocking reputation for transgender hate crimes. A 2010 report showed that 13 transwomen were murdered over one year.

September 7, 2012

Immigration expert Omar Kuddus highlights the story of lesbian Alice’s bid to avoid deportation back to Cameroon to face persecution

Detention centers stand as monuments to Britain’s attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire asylum seekers awaiting deportation.

They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to ‘manage migration’.

Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of asylum claims.

Alice Nji, a lesbian asylum seeker from Cameroon who has had her deportation delayed after the pilot refused to fly her back in the private charter, is one such case.

June 12, 2012

Movement for Justice are planning a demonstration this Friday (15 June) to protest the deportation of Linda Nakibuuke

A Ugandan lesbian who was subjected to violent homophobic abuse in her home country is being threatened with deportation back there by the UK Borders Agency.

Linda Nakibuuke, 22, has been detained since 11 April and despite being told that she was tortured for being a lesbian in Uganda, the UK Borders Agency still plan to deport her there.

March 23, 2012

A gay couple in San Francisco is challenging the federal marriage law that disregards same-sex unions in a bid to stay together in the U.S.

San Francisco’s federal immigration court put a deportation case on hold today (23 March) for a gay undocumented immigrant married to a U.S. citizen, according to the couple's attorney.

Alfonso Garcia, a 35-year-old Mexican native who moved to the United States with his parents in his mid-teens, and his 37-year-old husband Brian Willingham are petitioning the federal immigration service for legal residency based on their marriage, the CNN cited attorney Lavi Soloway as saying.

March 11, 2012

A gay Costa Rican immigrant has been saved from deportation because of his marriage to an American man

Last week, David Gonzalez, a gay Costa Rican immigrant was saved from deportation due to his marriage to US citizen, Mario Ramirez.

The pair were married in California during the brief period that same-sex marriage was legal in 2006 and then moved to Texas. On Thursday, the Houston immigration judge ended the deportation proceedings against Gonzalez due to this fact.

Although there have been similar actions involving married gay binational couples in California, New Jersey and other American states, it is believed to be the first of its kind in Texas.