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Gay Belarusian Needs Help

Hi Blenders,
I have a friend who is the adopted mom of a young man from Belarus.  He was an exchange highschool student and came out to his host family (my friend) because he was terrified of being bashed when he went back to Belarus.  His biological mother had already threatened him with electroshock – homosexuality is widely regarded as a mental illness in Belarus.  He would also face military service, and evidently known gays don’t fare well… Consequently, his U.S. host family adopted him in an effort to get him asylum, and are now going through the asylum hearings.  Problem is, since he didn’t suffer actual physical harm when he was in Belarus, but only anticipates harm upon his return, his case is not as strong as we’d like it to be.

What is despirately needed are affidavits from Belarusians who have eye witnessed or have experienced anti-gay violence in Belarus.  We need someone who can attest to the reality behind this young man’s fears.  His U.S. mom said they’ve exhausted all the usual sources of assistance (IGLHRC, Immigration Equality, Amnesty Int’l Belarus, etc), so there is no need contacting those orgs at this point.

If you are a Belarusian who may be willing to write an afidavit attesting to the peril that known gays face in Belarus, please contact my friend at kheeta2*at*comcast*dot*net.  (be sure to remove the anti-spam asterisks and fix the punctuation)p.s.  My friend had no gay people in her life before this, and now runs the local PFLAG group and is a tireless advocate for equality.  Amazing how having a gay person close to your heart can change it so much for the better.

crossposted at BMG

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Gay Belarusian Needs Help

Hi Blenders,
I have a friend who is the adopted mom of a young man from Belarus.  He was an exchange highschool student and came out to his host family (my friend) because he was terrified of being bashed when he went back to Belarus.  His biological mother had already threatened him with electroshock – homosexuality is widely regarded as a mental illness in Belarus.  He would also face military service, and evidently known gays don’t fare well… Consequently, his U.S. host family adopted him in an effort to get him asylum, and are now going through the asylum hearings.  Problem is, since he didn’t suffer actual physical harm when he was in Belarus, but only anticipates harm upon his return, his case is not as strong as we’d like it to be.

What is despirately needed are affidavits from Belarusians who have eye witnessed or have experienced anti-gay violence in Belarus.  We need someone who can attest to the reality behind this young man’s fears.  His U.S. mom said they’ve exhausted all the usual sources of assistance (IGLHRC, Immigration Equality, Amnesty Int’l Belarus, etc), so there is no need contacting those orgs at this point.

If you are a Belarusian who may be willing to write an afidavit attesting to the peril that known gays face in Belarus, please contact my friend at kheeta2*at*comcast*dot*net.  (be sure to remove the anti-spam asterisks and fix the punctuation) (more…)

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