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IT’S NO SECRET THAT GAY PEOPLE ARE FLEEING FROM THE 78 COUNTRIES THAT’VE OUTLAWED HOMOSEXUALITY. BUT ON REACHING THE UK, LGBT ASYLUM SEEKERS FACE DISCRIMINATION, DETAINMENT AND VIOLENCE. IS IT TIME THE LAW CHANGED?

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IF YOU LIST FRIENDS OF THE GAY community for this year, The Daily Mail probably won’t be high up. After dismissing plans for classes addressing homophobic bullying as “sex lessons” a few months ago, the paper has recently zeroed in on a new target – people forced to flee governments that could stone them to death because of their sexuality.

One story in particular stands out. The Mail recently claimed signs were plastered over the Calais migrant ‘Jungle’ encouraging people to fake being gay for an easy way into the UK, suggesting those previously escaping persecution by one of the 78 countries that outlaw homosexual acts are, in fact, liars.

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Summer may be nearly over but fear not, the GT September issue is officially turning up the heat with English ruby star James Haskell. Bursting out of a glass box and straight onto the cover, James’s appearance in GT is timely given Keegan Hirst having recently come out at the first openly gay rugby league player. James has long been an advocate of the eradication of prejudice in sport and had this to say about Keegan’s decision to come out: “It took real strength and courage for Keegan to come out. He’s a tough guy, and the fact that his team mates, the fans and everybody has taken it so well shows that it can be done. And it shows that your sexuality really shouldn’t matter when it comes to playing sport.” Also in this issue: Keegan Hirst Kinky Boots John Grant Gay asylum seekers Cel Spellman Rebecca Root Natalie Imbruglia Kerry Ellis Jaymi Hensley And all the very best in style, tech, grooming and entertainment

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