15:04, August 14 109 0

2018-08-14 15:04:07

 

Gay asylum seeker denied because he didn’t know what the Pride flag colors mean

Navid, an Iranian gay asylum seeker, thought he had found his new home when he settled in Vienna, Austria. But nearly four years after escaping persecution, he found his life turned upside down.

Navid’s application was denied by the Federal Office for Aliens and Asylum. Why? He couldn’t name what each color in the rainbow Pride flag stands for.

Government officials did not interview his same-sex partner before deciding he wasn’t really gay according to Gay Star News.

Thankfully, with the help of the Vienna-based LGBT advocacy group Queer Base, Navid’s case was reconsidered. Yesterday, the Federal Administrative Court ruled in his favor and granted him asylum.

In case you’re wondering (or considering a permanent move to Austria), the colors in Gilbert Baker’s now iconic flag represent: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, and violet for spirit. In the original version, hot pink and indigo were also in the flag, standing for sexuality and harmony respectively.

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