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Austria deems Teenage Boy not gay enough to deserve Asylum

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Austrian officials rejected an Afghan gay teenage asylum seeker because aggression isn’t ‘expected from a homosexual’, according to the report written on him by the responsible officials. The official found no grounds for fear of persecution for the 18-year-old, according to the Falter Newspaper. Homosexuality is illegal in Afghanistan and can be punishable by death.

The assessment contained many concerns. It reportedly stated that, because the teenager got into a fight with roommates in his accommodation, he had ‘potential for aggression’. This ‘wouldn’t be expected from a homosexual’.

The report also noted: ‘The way you walk, act or dress does not show even in the slightest that you could be homosexual. Astonishingly, the report used having only a few friends and spending time alone against him. The assessment noted: ‘Aren’t homosexuals rather social?’

The 18-year-old also noted he kissed straight men. The official rejected this, saying that no straight guy would allow this to happen and would have beaten him. The Falter reported that the man came to Austria as a minor and is appealing against the decision.

This comes days after it was revealed an Iranian asylum seeker was rejected because he couldn’t explain what the six colours of the Pride flag stand for.

According to the Federal Office for Aliens and Asylum (BFA), not knowing the meaning behind the global LGBTI flag was reason enough to block his asylum request. Luckily, Austrian LGBTI group ‘Queer Base’ were able to support him through the process, and he has now been given asylum in the country.

Drag Queen Conchita Wurst goes public with HIV Diagnosis

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Conchita Wurst has revealed that she is HIV positive, adding that she has decided to make the diagnosis public because an ex-boyfriend threatened to out her. Taking to Instagram, the Austrian drag queen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, said that she “will not give anyone the right to frighten me or affect my life.”

She added: “Since I received the diagnosis, I have been in medical treatment, and for many years without interruption I have been below the detection limit, which means I am unable to transmit the virus.

Until now, I did not want to go public with this information for a number of reasons, only two of which I’ll mention: first and foremost my family, who know everything and have been supporting me since day one. I would have gladly spared them the attention connected to the hiv-status of their son, grandson and brother. Likewise, my friends have been aware of this for quite some time and are dealing with it with an impartiality, that I would wish everyone concerned.

Secondly, it is information that, in my opinion, is almost exclusively relevant to those with whom sexual contact would be an option.”

The global superstar drag queen with a beard rose to international fame when she captured hearts and minds across Europe to win the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest for Austria with Rise Like A Phoenix.

She added that she hoped her decision to go public helped “lessen the stigmatisation of people who have become infected with hiv” and thanked her fans for their support.

Since her victory in Copenhagen nearly four years ago, she has gone on to use her fame to campaign for tolerance and equality. She has performed at the European Parliament and the United Nations and challenged Russian president Vladamir Putin to sit down and talk to her.

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An adolescent boy, who serves the military forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. The suppressed conflict bubbles up during their last night at the border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.

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