Since 2015, LGBT Asylum Support has been vigilant in safeguarding humanity within the asylum procedure. Throughout recent years it has become apparent the distinct absence of humanity cannot be regarded as isolated incidents, but institutional practice by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). Despite distinct policy changes and pledges to parliament, presupposed self-realisation and self-acceptance among LGBT-refugees permeate throughout the asylum procedure. As such, LGBT Asylum Support has initiated consecutive petitions in order to address the institutionalised ‘not gay enough’-perception of the IND.

According to the IND, maintaining contact with homosexual partners or having a homosexual partner does not substantiate one’s sexual orientation.
But why not? When is one considered truly ‘gay’ or LGBTI?