A LEEDS asylum-seeker who feared for his life if he was sent back to Jamaica was granted refugee status and permission to stay in Britain yesterday.
The decision to allow Orashia Edwards, 33, who is bisexual, to remain follows a three-and-a-half-year campaign by his supporters, with demonstrations at immigration offices in Leeds.
Jamaica has a reputation for homophobia, including physical attacks.
After hearing the news, Mr Edwards, who has family in Leeds, said: "I want to thank everyone who has supported my campaign over the years.
"None of this would have been possible [without their efforts]. I’m finally allowed to work so have applied for my national insurance number and can go get a job and open my own bank account. Things are really looking up for me."
A Leeds No Borders campaign spokesman said: "He is no longer living in constant dread and is able to make real plans for his future."