Afghan teenager denied asylum in Austria because he didn't 'act' gay enough
A gay Afghan teenager who was seeking asylum in Austria because he feared persecution had his application denied because the authorities said he did not act like a stereotypical gay man, according to reports.
An official in Lower Austria found no grounds for fear of persecution, citing the 18-year-oldâs walk, behaviour and clothing, Vienna-based refugee organisation Queer Base reported.
The organisation say the teenage boy migrated to Austria as a minor, but kept all other details of his life and journey confidential at his request.
But after the teenager applied for asylum, the document outlining the decision quoted an official as saying that his claim that he was gay was not believable based on how he had acted while living in Austria.
âNeither your walk, nor your behaviour nor your clothing give the slightest indication that you could be gay,â says the decision, which was more than 100 pages.
âThey reported that you frequently got into fights with roommates,â it said. âYou clearly have the potential to be aggressive, which would not be expected in a homosexual.â
It also said the young man was not described as having many friends while in Austria. âDonât homosexuals tend to be rather sociable?â it said.