A Nicaraguan man facing deportation next week says the Immigration and Refugee Board denied him asylum in Canada because they didn’t believe he’s gay.
Alvaro Orozco, who has lived in Toronto for two years, based his refugee claim on fears of returning to his home country where sodomy is illegal. He says his family beat him because of his sexual orientation.
“My father told me, ‘If one of my sons became gay one day, I will kill him with my hands,’” said Orozco. “I was so scared. And that is why I escaped.”
Gay teenager escapes his country out of fear for his life. After finding sanctuary in churches in the U.S., he finally makes it to Canada.
Where he is told, “Sorry. We don’t believe you’re gay. Go home.”
And why don’t they believe?
Because, while he was living in the U.S. — and let us reiterate, living in the U.S. under the sanctuary of the Church — “he wasn’t sexually active”.
Is it just barely possible that he was… I don’t know… trying to keep his sexual orientation on the down-low? From the people that were protecting him? People that aren’t regularly known to be fond of those that — how shall we put this? — enjoy fruit of the same flavour?
Then again… is it also just barely possible that he maybe wasn’t sexually active because he was a freaking TEENAGER?
(God knows, plenty of my teenage years were spent desperately willing to be sexually active. WITH NO SUCCESS WHATSOEVER.)
Basically, it comes down to the fact that if you ain’t getting some, your sexual orientation is suspect.
(And get busy.)
Beyond this incomprehensible clusterfuck of an excuse, I’m just trying to imagine what sort of testing procedures one would use in a case like this to “prove” someone was gay:
“Doug, can you go in there and — I don’t know — sashay around him a few times? Maybe hum some Streisand?”
“Nothing? Well, ladies and gentlemen — our work here is done!”
Please allow me to repeat myself: