You don’t look ‘effeminate’ enough to be gay, judge tells asylum seeker
An asylum seeker claiming to be persecuted because of his sexuality has been denied asylum because the judge didn’t find him “effeminate” enough to be gay.
His Barrister says that she was “shocked, disappointed and disgusted” by the attitude of the judge deciding her client’s case, who also put on record his view that “on the gay scene younger men are highly valued”.
His Barrister revealed that, in a recent appeal decision, the unnamed judge wrote that the man’s claim wasn’t believable because he didn’t have a gay “demeanour” or an “effeminate manner”.
Other tweeting barristers reacted with shock to the revelation, calling the comments “unbelievably inappropriate” and “absolutely shocking”.