She fled Iran for the UK almost four years ago when her sexuality became known to the religious authorities – her same-sex partner was arrested and subsequently tortured and sentenced to death.
But her application for refuge fell on deaf ears at the Home Office and in the summer of 2007 she was told she would be returned to Iran.
Hundreds of people around the world lobbied the British Government who postponed the deportation while “the case was reviewed” in August 2007.
“We have just been informed that Pegah Emambakhsh … has finally been granted refugee status in the UK after almost four years,” Arsham Parsi, the executive director of IRanian Queer Railroad (IRQR) said last night in Toronto.
“This is fantastic news and a great reward for all the hard work you supporters put in to ensure she was not sent back to Iran.”
Mr. Parsi said that he had received a telephone call at 11pm (UK time) from Ms. Emambakhsh.
“I could not believe it,” she told Mr. Parsi. “A few hours ago I received a phone call from my lawyer to say that I have been granted refugee status.
“I will meet my lawyer tomorrow [Thursday]. I have to read that paper several times to make sure I am free from now.”
Cara at The Curvature posts about why statutory rape is still “real” rape.
A t-shirt worn during a famous protest against Section 28, which saw lesbians storming the Six O’Clock News, is being exhibited as part of LGBT history month – see Pink News for more info.
Amy Brian has been kicked out of the US military under the soon-to-be-scrapped ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy which forces LGB soldiers into the closet. Jezebel breaks down the case – Brian didn’t actually ask or tell, she was reported for kissing her girlfriend in Wal-Mart, by a civilian co-worker who would be protected under law from being fired for being gay.
She was kicked out of the service, while hetrosexual soldiers were only disciplined for sexual harassment and credit card fraud.
More reasons the National ID Card scheme is bad news.
Women’s studies and gender studies programmes in the US are under threat of being closed down because of the economic situation in Florida, and in Georgia from legistators who want to ban it being taught in state universities – Feministing has more.
Contrary to popular wisdom, women do not get stupid when they’re pregnant. Jezebel has more.
Apu posts about the police inaction over a case where a woman was groped and stripped by a mob – the police have so far only charged one man, for stealing her wallet, although the incident was captured on camera.