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Queer California man faces risk of deportation to Fiji after living in the US for 44 years

  • Salesh “Sal” Prasad, 50, is facing deportation to his birth country, Fiji, where he is at risk of violence and abuse for being a queer person.
  • Prasad, who arrived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1978, had a troubled childhood growing up in Modesto, California.
  • At age 22, he was convicted of second-degree murder after killing a person during an altercation. He was given a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years.
  • After serving 27 years of his prison sentence, the state determined that he was not a public safety risk and granted him parole. However, he was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the day of his release on August 19, 2021.
  • “If I’m deported, I won’t survive. I won’t make it in Fiji. There’s no protection there for me. There’s no support,” he was quoted as saying in a call from the detention center. “I’d be forced to be somebody I’m not. I don’t want to hide again. I should be able to love who I want to love.”
  • Lawyers representing Prasad have argued that he should be set free since state authorities have considered him safe for release, but ICE has maintained that Prasad falls under President Joe Biden's Immigration Enforcement Priorities for deportation due to his past criminal conviction.

A 50-year-old Californian is facing deportation to his birth country, Fiji, where he is at risk of violence and abuse for being a queer person.

Salesh “Sal” Prasad arrived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1978 and grew up in Modesto, California. Prasad had a troubled childhood, having suffered severe physical and sexual abuse as a young child. One beating even led to him losing his hearing.

Film Company Has the Most Brilliant Response to Malaysia’s Homophobic Video Contest

A Malaysian film company called Grim Film has teamed up with doctor-turned-comedian Jason Leong to launch a video contest in response to an anti-LGBT competition by Malaysia’s Health Ministry earlier this month.

YouTuber Jared Lee’s company and Dr. Leong have joined forces to offer $1,001 with the hashtag #ThisPaysMoreThanTheOtherCompetition, in an effort to counter the ministry’s homophobic contest.