Velez Martinez on Asylum Claims for Gay Persecution
Visiting Professor Sheila Velez Martinez, quoted in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, discussed the granting of asylum claims in the U.S. for LGBT individuals persecuted in Carribean nations. Professor Velez Martinez said that such claims may arise because of a lack of access to adequate anti-discrimination legislation in the Caribbean, sometimes resulting in discrimination and outright violence. She attributed this to “the stigma and discrimination against all homosexual acts, gays, lesbians, transgenders and ‘all sexuals’ in Caribbean societies” resulting from “a longstanding heteronormative culture.”
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