Gay immigrants savor freedom – Growing number win asylum in U.S. based on sexual orientation

Published: May 17, 2010

Gay immigrants savor freedom – Growing number win asylum in U.S. based on sexual orientation

John Ademola knows there is no asylum from hatred, no refuge from ignorance. But after decades of battling his own identity as a gay man in Nigeria, afraid for his life and safety, the former Catholic priest who now lives in the Chicago area knows a new reality. "If any crazy person decides to kill me simply because I’m gay, here (in the U.S.), the community will still ask, ‘Why did you do it?’" he said. In America, "there’s not a government after me."

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