Non-binary person granted asylum for the first time in the UK


Olga Shajaku

A landmark ruling has taken place in the UK, after a non-binary person from El Salvador has been granted asylum for the first time. The applicant, Arthur Britney Joestar, 29, when arriving in the UK in October 2017, identified as a gay man, but came to identify as non-binary upon settling in Liverpool. Initially the applicant was not successful in his application for asylum in front of The First-Tier Tribunal, on the basis of sexuality in November 2018. Again his asylum application was rejected, on the basis of non-binary identity in February 2020. This decision was then overturned, and the applicant has now been granted asylum on the basis of non-binary identity, after receiving considerable harassment in his home country. A welcome expansion of the circumstances that qualify for asylum across the water, which will pave the way for non-binary persons seeking asylum in the UK.


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