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Trans woman wins asylum claim

in UNITED KINGDOM, 27/07/2010

Malaysian trans woman Fatine Young has won her asylum claim to remain in the UK.

Malaysian trans woman Fatine Young has won her asylum claim to remain in the UK.

Young entered the country on a six-month tourist visa in 2008. She has had a previous appeal for a permanent visa rejected by the Home Office.

The 36-year-old told LGBT Asylum News: "After nearly a year struggling I am so relieved that the Home Office has approved my asylum claim, knowing that I am safe from the prosecution back home - my plight, known through the media in the UK, has touched a nerve amongst the Muslim community in Malaysia.

"As soon as I've got my paperwork from [the] Home Office, I will look for work. I know it may be a bit difficult to gain employment but I will try my best, I want to contribute something back to the government."

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans asylum-seekers cannot be returned to countries where they would face persecution.

Young is in a civil partnership with 31-year-old Ian Young from Derby. He commented before the news: “If she goes back, her life will be in danger. That’s what it’s come down to. My brain has gone completely numb. There’s been so much going on – it’s now a waiting game and our family and friends are on edge as much as we are.”

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