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UK Home Office denies confirms Nigerian lesbian cannot get asylum

The London Home Office has once again threw the spanner into the works of Nigerian renowned lesbian and gay-rights activist, Aderonke Apata, to get a permanent stay in the UK because she has not always been a lesbian.

The Home Office argue that Apata cannot be a lesbian after she’s been in multiple heterosexual relationships which resulted in the birth of her children.

The 46 year old lady who said she fled Nigeria to the UK in 2004, has been locked in a running battle with the Home Office seeking a permanent stay.

According to her, her country people had marked her to be killed when she came out with her status as a lesbian and wanted to be given an asylum so that she can get married to her partner, Happiness Agboro.

But the the Home Office Secretary's lawyer, Andrew Bird, argued that Apata was not part of the select group classified as 'true lesbians' because she had indulged in sex with men which resulted in her having biological children before she decided she wanted to be a lesbian.

He said:

"You can’t be a heterosexual one day and a lesbian the next day. Just as you can’t change your race."

Apata was in the court with her 'wife-to-be', Agboro.

During the hearing, she said:

"The Home Office has treated me badly from day one. Staying in Britain means

staying safe, staying with my partner and continuing my campaigning."

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