What “House Of Cards” Taught Me About LQBTQ Issues

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Anyone who’s watched House of Cards knows how important asylum for the international LGBTQ community might be—shit got very real when Michael Corrigan, an American gay rights activist is arrested for protesting in Moscow, where homosexuality is outlawed, suicided in front of first lady Claire Underwood. I cried. But it’s not just a Netflix issue—homosexuality is still illegal in 77 countries. Members of the LGBTQ community in those countries are socially ostracized, publicly humiliated, and often assaulted or imprisoned.

Katie Sgarro, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, wants to confront this issue in the way millennials know best—she wants to develop a website and mobile app, AsylumConnect, which will provides LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. with resources and information.

“Our premise was simple: to support people seeking political asylum in the U.S. because of sexual orientation or gender expression. We would accomplish this by creating the first ever website and mobile app specifically designed for LGBTQ asylum seekers.” Katie wrote for the Huffington Post.”These platforms would feature a centralized catalog of available LGBTQ-friendly services by location, themed educational webinars, and animated how-to videos.”

Katie has yet to receive the type of funding she needs to create the app. I watched the news while at the gym last night, and my brain kept confusing CNN’s news broadcast with House of Cards episodes I’d been watching for the past week. This morning, when political pundit (and real life spawn of satan) Ann Coulter criticized Michelle Obama for her “racist remarks”, I wondered what Frank Underwood say about the situation. Sometimes what happens on television isn’t worse than what happens in real life.


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