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Bisexual Jamaican Deportation Flight Canceled Pending Another Appeal

Bisexual Jamaican Deportation Flight Canceled Pending Another Appeal


Another hurdle in Orashia Edwards' lengthy court battle gives the Jamaican national more time to prove his case: that as a bisexual he deserves asylum.

Deportation is on hold, again, for bisexual Orashia Edwards. His forced flight from the U.K. to his native Jamaica has been canceled, pending another appeal, as he tries to convince British authorities he is, in fact, bisexual.

Edwards is seeking asylum and has been tangling with the British Home Office in London for weeks. Earlier this spring, he was denied asylum and detained for nearly a momth after the court ruled it believed he was "dishonest" about his bisexuality.

"I think they are prejudiced against bisexual people," Edwards told The Guardian Friday. "They say I have choices, that I could choose to be with a woman. Maybe if I had lied and said that I was gay things would have been different, but I'm just being honest. For years I was in denial about my sexuality, it took me so long to be honest with myself - I like men and I like women."

The asylum tribunal alleged Edwards was "experimenting" with his orientation. His partner, Michael Mardel, has testified to their relationship.

"Orashia has stayed the night at my house," Mardel told The Guardian. "He is absolutely not lying about his attraction to men. Our families have also become close, we have a genuine relationship. I think that the Home Office doesn't understand the concept of bisexuality. They seem to think that you have to be one thing or the other; they don't seem to accept that you can be attracted to both genders and that it's not an either/or thing for everybody."

Earlier this month, Edwards resorted to submitting intimate pictures of himself with his partner, in an effort to prove his bisexuality. Despite the photos, Edwards was denied refugee status and was expected to be deported sometime after May 5th.

A new court hearing date will be set on June 17th, to give Edwards one more opportunity to convince the court his sexuality is valid.

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