Gay men who have come to the United States legally but feel that they cannot return home are becoming more prominent in our group’s work. The government-sponsored persecution of sexual minorities in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia have forced many people visiting or temporarily working in the United States to decide that they will face death if they go home.
This week the Guardian Group is looking for either short- or long-term housing for a young gay man from Nigeria who has been in this country several months.
He escaped Nigeria to avoid being persecuted for his work with gay men and with AIDS projects.
He is reportedly an outstanding young man who speaks English fluently.
“He’s really an outstanding person, well and favorably known in the Nigerian LGBT community,” reports Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). “Please do all you can. ”
If you are interested in helping with housing for this man — or other sexual minority refugee attempting to settle in San Francisco — please let us know!