“If I’m Deported, I won’t Survive”: Immigration Challenges Faced by the LGBTQ+ Community

LGBT people face challenges and unique vulnerabilities that cause many to leave their country of origin and seek refuge in another. Research shows that consensual same-sex conduct remains criminalized in 69 countries, and as many as 11 countries could impose the death penalty upon conviction. (ILGA World, The International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association)

Research show that even where such conduct is not criminalized, LGBT people face persecution and violence, including domestic violence, rape, and murder, as well as discrimination in areas like education, employment, hous