Transgender teenager from Brunei seeks asylum in Canada
Earlier this month, Brunei introduced new sharia laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, but the country was a dangerous place for LGBT + people even before the laws were implemented.
She chose Canada as her destination because it was far away from Brunei and she felt that her family was less inclined to follow her and find her there. Zayce also praised Canada for its openness to refugees. "Justin Trudeau greatly accepted people who fled their country, so that was one of the most important things," she said. "I just want to let the world know that if I am indeed sent back to Brunei, I don't mind dying there. If I went back, I would at least have lived a good life ... on my own terms"
Zayce expects to hear the result of her asylum application in November and meanwhile she works full-time in the Canadian city of Vancouver.