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An Iraqi man has had his application for asylum rejected because authorities in Austria claimed he was “too girlish” to believably be gay. Austrian media quoted officials in the country’s Styria region as saying the 27-year-old asylum seeker was acting “like a girl” and his sexuality was therefore “not believable,” BBC News reported. The officials …

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An Afghan teenager has had his asylum application rejected by an Austrian official who said he did not “walk, act, or dress” like a gay man. The 18-year-old is fleeing Afghanistan fearing persecution for his sexuality, Agence France-Presse reported. “The way you walk, act or dress does not show even in the slightest that you …

Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that from 2019 the country’s same-sex couples will have the right to marry. Under existing laws, LGBTI Austrians have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2010 but the country’s definition of marriage included “different sex” partners only. Those existing laws will end on December 31 next year, unless …