United Press International
February 4, 2013

A Guatemalan woman became the first transgender person to be granted asylum in Denmark because she face persecution in her native country, officials said. Officials in Denmark granted Fernanda Milan asylum in September after she initially was refused, The Copenhagen Post reported Monday. She was set to be deported after her initial denial, but LGBT Denmark appealed, providing documentation her life would be in danger if she returned to Guatemala. "We are very relieved that our struggle, together with Fernanda, ended in her being granted asylum," said Stine Larsen, a representative of the T-Refugee Project, an organization that supported her case. "But it has been a soul-destroying asylum process with an initial refusal, which was then reversed just three days before her scheduled departure on Sept. 17."