Robert Kityo, a gay Ugandan asylum-seeker living in Manchester faces deportation after the United Kingdom Home Office turned down his application because he had “failed to prove” his sexuality.

According to The Independent, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “It is not accepted that you are a homosexual and an openly gay man.”

Gay pride flag Photo: cbc
Gay pride flag Photo: cbc

Although his application was supported by church leaders, gay activists and a petition with more than 1,900 signatures, Kityo’s request was still declined.

The 35 year-old faces imminent deportation to Uganda where homosexuality is illegal under a 1950s penal code which prescribes jail for those found guilty of homosexual acts. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Uganda have no specific legal protections.

Kityo, who came to the UK on a student visa in 2011 told The Independent: “I’m very scared. I’m a gay man and in Manchester I am able to be who I am. I have made many friends here who accept me and love me. But I’m frightened that I will be killed if I am sent back to Uganda. It isn’t safe to be a gay man in Uganda.”

Source: The Independent