LGBTI issues

LGBTI issues

Sebastian is a gay man from Kenya who experienced persecution because of his sexuality. Upon learning he was gay, his community including his own family threatened to kill him. Sebastian was imprisoned and tortured for being suspected of homosexuality before released and warned by the local police he would be subject to further imprisonment if he came to their attention again for homosexual behaviour.

Sebastian escaped Kenya and travelled to Australia on a student visa, however his mental health deteriorated the closer the end of his stay in Australia became, knowing he would face either imprisonment or death in Kenya for being gay. Sebastian became homeless and suffered from severe depression.  IARC met with Sebastian to explore his options to remain in Australia and assisted him to apply for a protection visa. IARC also helped Sebastian access welfare services including homeless shelters, mental health professionals and the LGBTQI community for support.