U.S. Jews helping gay Russian asylum seekers feel at home

Group founded by Jews from former Soviet Union is offering relief to asylum applicants, who are not allowed to work in U.S. and are sometimes forced to live on street.

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Since the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the world media has ramped down its reporting on the persecution of Russia’s LGBT community. The Kremlin’s war against gays and lesbians is still going on, but the war in Ukraine gets the headlines.

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As a result, more and more LGBT Russians are leaving for the West, dreaming about living openly without the fear of violence. The emigration wave is thought to number in the hundreds annually; international refugee-assistance groups report a sharp increase in LGBT asylum seekers.

Read more at haaretz.com

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