CHICAGO (CBS) — Christian leaders from the North Side and a couple of men from Nigeria who are seeking asylum in the United States have launched a new asylum support group for those in the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-and-Transgender (LGBT) community.
Dennis Akpona is co-founder of the group, CLASP (Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program).
Akpona said he came to the United States in 2012, ostensibly to attend an international AIDS conference in Washington D.C. He’s now seeking asylum in the United States, and said he could be stoned to death in his native Nigeria for being gay.
“My life was at risk. I needed a safe place to be. USA is less homophobic,” Akpona said.