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"You're not gay" 

It is so absurd to sit in a courtroom where someone is set to "make it probable" their gay behavior – and in many cases is not believed.

In the midst of one of the busiest periods on the job, I was contacted by "Javad". I knew him before; we had several conversations about the challenges that come with life as a paperless, gay asylum seeker.

This time the voice was heavier than it used to. He was hospitalized, bloody and bruised. Hate crime, I explained to him after describing the course of events. It's not law, it's not okay. You have to report this, Javad.

He agreed to it, and I reminded him ten times that he would report it as a hate crime, so that they would look at the matter with the seriousness of it.

So . . .

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