National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
August 28, 2013
The estimated number of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers entering the United States each year is 4,000 and rising, said Max Niedzwiecki, leader of the LGBT Faith and Asylum Network, a national network dedicated to helping asylum seekers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. These numbers are estimates due to the sensitive nature of divulging one’s sexual orientation and the fact that no governmental agency in the United States tracks the issue. Still, some asylum seekers are speaking out and making their cause known to the world.

Many LGBT asylum seekers come from Uganda and Cameroon, who have harsh laws against being LGBT.