Can a person be a refugee in his own country?

currently in my country we as the gays in our country are being biased and made difficulty in our daily lives as the government is dragging the gays from our locale to other places in our country as the government has decided to fight the so called criminal acts of being gay. This should be really advocated in legal perspective as we are not free in our own country that makes us seek asylum abroad. Legal Help Needed!!