Oct 18, 2007
Quickie Link: Gay Refugee not Gay Enough for Canada's Authorities
(Canada) - What is it to be Gay? Can our Gayness be measured by how others perceive us? Are we Gay if we never have same-sex nudie relations? Are we Gay because we say we are, or are we Gay because someone else says we are? For asylum seeker Alvaro Orozco and Canadian Immigration Minister Diane Finley, these questions have never been more poignant or important to consider. Since his Oct 4, 2007 deportation date, Orozco, a 22-year-old Gay man born in Nicaragua, has been in hiding in the Toronto area. The deportation order is so far the last word from Immigration Canada on his three-year-long journey to achieve refugee status based on sexual orientation, a journey that began at the age of the 13 when Orozco fled his family to escape abuse and fled his country in pursuit of freedom.