Consider ideas for how you can understand, acknowledge, and move forward in your own reactions to your child coming out. Just until persecution of homosexuals is abolished world-wide. But, here we are today, and what do we do about it now? Western govenments should bring pressure to bear on the countries involved to irradicate discrimination, on whatever grounds. And perhaps today, one can begin to say, "who cares if it's a choice? Of course this practice should be stopped, would we send a Christian back to a Muslim country where Christians were persecuted? Regardless of how they ultimately define themselves, settling on a definition is not the same thing as making a choice about their sexuality.
Coming Out as Gay or Lesbian: Common Questions from Parents
I do not think you have any idea how much damage you do with those comments, because if you did I doubt very much whether you would say them. Can you feel the affect of such a letter, such a decision on the individual? I would only accept the UK doing this if all other asylum countries were doing it too. You have done nothing wrong in your eyes, so why do people want you killed often in the most barbaric fashion. The person in question having done some act which was legal in the country of assylum but not in UK.
The Coming Out Project at the University of Miami
This whole debate drives me nuts. Gay or lesbian asylum seekers should be offered exactly the same protection as any other asylum seeker - their sexuality should not be a factor. I really feel like hopping on a plane to, say, Tasmania and saying that I fear for my childrens safety walking the streets of the UK and that I am being persecuted by my government. There are plenty of ways to apply for VISAs to stay in country legitimately and expecting what you hear about a country being more tolerant does not make it a better place to live. The motives and frequency of success can vary as much as those endeavoring to become vegetarian.
As much as society has become more accepting of LGBTQ persons in some quarters, prejudice and negative stereotypes still exist, and you may have some your own mind without even realizing it. I realize that won't satisfy religious fundamentalists who think homosexuality is immoral, but since when have they accepted anything either nuanced OR contrary to that notion? All scientific research reported to date shows that sexual orientation is biological in nature, rather than a personal choice. Democrats' views have also evolved, although the transformation took place further in the past. So many parents end up believing they have done something wrong for their child to turn against them, or against God, or against their community. It is a noble thing to tolerate every form of life style and belief - or is it?