The New York Times reports that the top court of the European Union has decided refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay might on a case by case basis be granted asylum:
The existence of laws allowing the imprisonment of homosexuals "may constitute an act of persecution per se," if they are routinely enforced, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said.
A homosexual cannot be expected to conceal his sexual orientation in his home country to avoid persecution since that would amount to renouncing a "characteristic fundamental to a person's identity," the EU court added.
Meanwhile, ABC News reports on asylum seekers to the US who have obtained asylum due to anti-gay persecution they faced in their home countries. One of these is Oliver from Nigeria, who was at one point locked inside a church in Nigeria with angry mobs outside. "'It was horrifying,' he said. 'I wanted to kill myself.'"