Comedian savagely trolls UK Home Secretary who said refugees pretend to be gay to qualify for asylum

Author: Molly Sprayregen

British comedian Joe Lycett expertly trolled UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman for her suggestion that being LGBTQ+ should not qualify refugees for asylum and for suggesting that people are pretending to be gay to “game the system.”

The controversy began when Braverman was speaking to the right-wing American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday about what she characterized as the “existential challenge” of “uncontrolled and illegal migration,” Braverman suggested that the United Nation’s 1951 Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights should be reformed, the BBC reported.

“As case law has developed, what we have seen in practice is an interpretive shift away from ‘persecution,’ in favor of something more akin to a definition of ‘discrimination,’” Braverman told the AEI crowd. “The practical consequence of which has been to expand the number of those who may qualify for asylum, and to lower the threshold for doing so.”

“Let me be clear, there are vast swathes of the world where it is extremely difficult to be gay, or to be a woman. Where individuals are being persecuted, it is right that we offer sanctuary,” she continued. “But we will not be able to sustain an asylum system if in effect, simply being gay, or a woman, and fearful of discrimination in your country of origin is sufficient to qualify for protection.”

Braverman’s comments drew swift backlash, even from members of the U.K.’s conservative Tory party, who accused her of alienating LGBTQ+ voters.

On Wednesday, Braverman doubled down on her comments in the wake of the criticism, claiming without evidence that there are “many instances” of asylum seekers who pretend to be LGBTQ+ to “game the system.”

“People do game the system – they purport to be homosexual in the effort to game our system, in the effort to get special treatment. That’s not fair. It’s not right. I’m afraid we do see many instances when people purport to be gay when they’re not actually gay,” she said on ITV’s Peston.

According to ITV, the most recent figures from the U.K.’s Home Office indicate that only two percent of asylum claims in the country last year included sexual orientation as part of their basis.

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Author: Molly Sprayregen

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