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Longreads Club: LGBTI Asylum Seekers in Africa

"Caught Between Borders" by Malia Politzer and Annie Hylton
Illustration by Eric Chow

This "yearlong investigation into the plight of African LGBTI asylum seekers — for which we interviewed dozens of African LGBTI-identified asylum seekers, lawyers, and human rights activists on three different continents — reveal[s] that systemic gaps in the asylum process mean that members of this particularly vulnerable population often fall through the cracks. If you’re African and LGBTI, true safety is often unachievable."

6,991 words. Est. reading time: 25 min.

If you prefer to listen to the article, you can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 here: The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly.

Join the Longreads Club where we discuss a long-form article focused on global topics every other week. Rather than skim the headlines, we are trying to dive deep and learn from each other to gain a better understanding of world events. Just read the article, show up, and join the discussion!

Earlier Event: August 28
Trivia Night
Later Event: September 3
Jazz Open Jam