A Ugandan man, Robert Kityo, arrived in the UK in 2011 on a student visa and claimed asylum the following year. He said his partner in Uganda had been jailed for being gay and a warrant had been issued for his arrest if he returned.
Unfortunately, Kityo was was taken to a deportation centre in UK after his latest attempt to claim asylum was refused by the Home Office.
A decision letter sent by officials said: “It is not accepted that you are a homosexual and an openly gay man.”
The decision came even though more than 30 people including the Bishop of Manchester, and leaders of LGBT groups in the city, sent letters in support of Kityo’s claim. More than 1,900 people have also signed a petition calling for him to be allowed to remain in the UK.
The 35-year-old volunteers with a number of LGBT groups including Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation. He is also a member of a number of church groups including a fellowship for gay Christians.