An unusual story from down-under:

A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay.

Apparently, the man arrived in Australia on a visit visa in 2007 and tried to make his stay permanent. First he tried getting hitched to an Australian woman but decided to give up the charade and admit that he is actually gay.

He said he had two secret gay relationships in Lebanon but his father beat him when he found out.


He told the Refugee Review Tribunal that he was desperate to escape his father and had been persecuted for being gay in his home country.

The tribunal didn’t buy it – they don’t believe he’s gay or that he was persecuted. Curious, would proving he’s gay been enough to have gotten him the visa? Which comes to my next question, how exactly do you prove it?