The so-called travel ban by the Trump administration has a potentially devastating effect on LGBTQ refugees.

It is a verifiable fact that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, and queer people face severe persecution by governments and other organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.

What’s more is the fact that gay, bisexual and trans men and women are regularly and publicly identified as targets of violence. Therefore, people who are faced with these horrible realities often flee and become refugees in order to save their own lives.

Nevertheless, Trump’s announcement of a ‘travel ban’ equates, potentially, to a death sentence for many of these people. Last summer the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) hosted a summit in Washington D.C. which focused on aiding LGBTQ refugees in the age of ISIS. It highlighted the need to provide LGBTQ Iraqis with the opportunity to claim refugee status while still in their home country so as to ensure a reduction in the time it takes to process their status.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has turned their back on these people with the signing of this executive order. But HRC and IRAP has called for those who do care to raise their voices in support of refugees.

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