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My Fellow National Diversity Award Winner needs our help. Please take a moment to read this and sign the petition. 

After fleeing violence in Nigeria 10 years ago, Aderonke applied for asylum in the UK. But in her latest hearing last week, a Home Office barrister argued that she couldn’t be a lesbian because“Lesbians only have short hair. And they don’t have children.”

Because Aderonke used to have long hair and has children she can’t possibly be a “real” lesbian, right? WRONG.

The lazy Home Office is replacing real justice with ignorant clichés. They could decide Aderonke’s fate at any moment: we have a critical window to speak out before Aderonke is sent back to Nigeria where she could be killed or jailed.

The Home Office is breaking its own rules, which say that stereotyping the lives and looks of lesbian, gay or bi people isn’t allowed. A huge public outcry in the next few days will push Home Secretary Theresa May to stop Aderonke’s deportation – and make sure that these cliches never make it into court again.

Sign now: go.allout.org/en/a/aderonke_hearing

Aderonke fled Nigeria in 2004, hoping to find safety in the UK. She’s risks being killed if sent back to Nigeria. She has a death sentence from a Sharia court. And she’s already lost her brother, son and an ex‐girlfriend in vigilante attacks.

To stay safe, Aderonke and others need a fair asylum process free from discrimination But instead, they risk being sent back into danger, based on unfair and ignorant stereotypes by the Home Office. Let’s start a huge outcry to push the Home Secretary to make sure that these stereotypes are never used in court again.go.allout.org/en/a/aderonke_hearing

Last year, 250,000 All Out members called on the Home Secretary to review the UK’s asylum process because it humiliates and abuses lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. And our voices were heard! Last month, the Home Office published new guidelines to ensure fair treatment.


Back in 2011, more than 60,000 of us asked the UK Home Secretary to halt the deportation of Brenda, a Ugandan lesbian facing terrible danger. All Out members emailed, called, and marched in the streets of London, creating worldwide media interest and securing Brenda a new hearing. Brenda was later granted an appeal and given another chance to gain permanent asylum in the UK.

Now let’s support Aderonke: go.allout.org/en/a/aderonke_hearing


Thanks for going All Out

P.S. Can you believe that the UK government says lesbians don’t have children and only have short hair? These crazy outdated stereotypes were part of the Home Office’s case to deport Nigerian lesbian Aderonke. Sign now to get Home Secretary Theresa May to stop her deportation, because these unfair cliches shouldn’t be used in asylum cases: go.allout.org/en/a/aderonke_hearing 

 

SOURCES:

Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children – Independent, 03 March 2015

Home Office: Caseworkers ‘must not stereotype’ gay asylum seekers – Pink News, 17th February 2015

Home Office tells Nigerian asylum seeker: ‘You can’t be a lesbian, you’ve got children’ – The Telegraph, 4 March 2015




Aderonke is a feminist and human rights activist. After fleeing torture and the threat of death for being lesbian in Nigeria, she has proved to be an unstoppable force in fighting for justice.

Aderonke has garnered almost 32,000 signatures online for her personal campaign to remain in the UK because she is a lesbian from Nigeria who is open, out and proud.

Setting an example through this struggle fighting for her own freedom to stay here in the UK, she fights tirelessly for other people’s freedom too, and continues to challenge the government and legal system that penalises the many LGBT refugees seeking asylum in the UK. 





Despite suffering several set-backs at the hands of the UK immigration system while at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre, she rallied the other women to act as a collective force in challenging the authorities on sexual abuse at the centre. Aderonke’s strength continues to challenge racism, xenophobia, lesbophobia and sexism.




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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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