You may be eligible for asylum or refugee protection if you are persecuted in your home country because of your sexual orientation or sexual identity and your life is in danger, or in case you fear imprisonment or inhuman treatment due to your sexual orientation/identity. The persecution, however, must be quite severe, i.e. insults and alike are not considered to be sufficient ground for asylum. At your hearing at the BAMF, you have to prove that you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex and that you are actually at risk in your home country. The BAMF will consider the situation of the LGBTTIQ community in your country before making a decision, i.e. your chances of being recognised as an asylum-seeker or refugee depend on the general situation in your home country for the LGBTTIQ community as well as your personal persecution history. It is reasonable to seek advice from a lawyer or counselling centre specialising in the LGBTTIQ issues in advance. Visit the website of queer-refugees.de for a first contact point. You can learn more about the hearing session in our chapter "Asylum procedure".
Please note: During the hearing, the BAMF staff member may ask very personal questions about your sexual orientation/identity as well as your sex life. But you may choose to be interviewed by a woman or a man. Plus, there are specially trained BAMF staff members who conduct the hearing for LGBTTIQ refugees. Inform the BAMF about your preferences when you hand in your asylum application.