Lina is a 29-year-old lesbian from Russia. Lina was in the closet in Russia because she feared the hostile and homophobic environment and struggled with her sexuality. She had a relationship with a man to hide her sexual orientation. When she came to ImEq last year, she had been living in the U. S. for […]
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José is a 25-year-old gay man from El Salvador, who lives in California. He fled to the United States when he was 17 to escape attacks and sexual abuse by homophobic gang members. In 2013, José was detained by immigration officials in Oakland after returning from visiting his partner’s father in New Mexico. He was […]
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Richard is a 48-year-old man from Jamaica. He has experienced harassment and persecution from strangers, neighbors, classmates and family members who called him “fish or battyman” — the derogatory name for gay men used in Jamaica. He has victimized by homophobic police officers on multiple occasions and was even unlawfully jailed along with a group […]
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