On Friday, January 27, 2017, an Executive Order was signed by Donald Trump that banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States for 90 days. It also suspended all refugee admission for 120 days, including the admission of LGBTQ refugees.
An LGBTQ refugee is someone who is forced to flee their home because of fear of persecution for their gender identity or sexual orientation.
In addition to making the refugee process now nearly impossible for LGBTQ people, the new Executive Order puts many LGBTQ people’s lives at risk who now could be sent back to the countries they are trying to escape. In 4 of the 7 countries that the Executive Order banned entry from, being LGBTQ is punishable by death.