US travel ban leaves Iranian LGBT refugees in limbo

The Guardian- Refugees living in Turkey fear deportation back to Iran as they see the door into the US slammed shut by Trump’s policy

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender refugees from Iran have found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place after Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The order also suspended the US refugee admissions system for 120 days, and promised to prioritise members of religious minorities.

But it made no mention of people facing persecution for their sexual orientation, and several gay Iranians who have fled a country where homosexuality is punishable by death are now left stuck in Turkey, where they say they are experiencing worse homophobic abuses than in their homeland.

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