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These Refugees’ Stories Help Put Things In Perspective

It’s easy to bemoan the slow progress of equal rights for GLBT people in America, but the fact that we even get to have the debate is a sign of how far we are compared to many corners of the world.

This video from Buzzfeed helps put that in perspective, profiling refugees who’ve sought asylum in the US to escape persecution based on their sexuality.

Here they are:

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And here are their stories:

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5 Comments

  • jd2222248

    great story! America is a wonderful place. :-)

  • Saint Law

    Gosh. That made me tear up.

  • Vartan X.

    Touching stories. But I am a bit surprised that they included a Ukrainian girl. I thought Ukraine was such democratic paradise whose freedom was being taken away by those damn Russkies.

  • Scribe38

    @Vartan X.: I know right? It isn’t like the whole world saw members from P*ssy Riot being beat or gay protesters being thrown into cars during the Olympics under the Russians… wait yeah we did. Gays aren’t going to fair any better under a Russian occupying force.

  • Vartan X.

    @Scribe38: That’s my point. Russia and Ukraine are equally homophobic. However, since Ukraine is now a victim of Russian occupation, the media can’t say anything bad about Ukraine, including rampant anti-gay bigotry.

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