A Tale of 2 Gay Refugees: The Serbian In America, The Palestinian In Israel

Atlanta: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to review Mladen Zeljko Todorovic’s gay asylum case, where he claims to have fled Serbia after being “raped by other soldiers when he served in the Serbian army, beaten by police officers and disowned by his father.” Tel Aviv: Majed Koka, a Palestinian man who escaped to Israel 12 years ago at age 14 after facing anti-gay threats, and now lives with his Israeli partner, is still waiting to hear whether he’ll be granted residency on amnesty grounds. In the meantime he’s managed to get arrested nine times in 12 years.