BBC News
February 28, 2013

The UK Border Agency used to be able to turn away gay asylum seekers on the grounds that they could return home and behave with discretion. But that changed in 2010, when it was ruled that a proven risk of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation was reason to stay in Britain. Solicitors and gay rights organisations say that asylum seekers are having to go through several applications and tribunals to prove they are gay, and the process is an increasingly humiliating and sexually explicit experience.