Australian couple seeks asylum in Iceland, by The Australian.
An Australian transgender couple is seeking asylum in Iceland, claiming their lives are in danger from Sydney’s “homophobic street life.”
Ashley Ihasz and Stephanie McCarthy claim they are in fear for their lives after Ms McCarthy, 45, was beaten up in a Newtown pub in 2015, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The couple, who raised $1890 to flee Australia in a Go Fund Me page, claimed they were “threatened” by NSW Police after the attack.
“Stephanie has been continually harassed and threatened by the NSW police,” Ms Ihasz wrote on the Go Fund Me page. “Escalation of threats towards her and myself as her partner have forced us to flee from Australia in fear of our lives … To get (to Iceland) we have sacrificed our families, our friends, our cat and my life savings.”
She claimed the couple now faced homelessness as their money runs out.
NSW Police denied the couple’s allegations of threats.
The women are living in the town of Keflavik in southwest Iceland.
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