I didn’t know freedom would be so cold:

The hopes and challenges of LGBTI migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to Canada
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
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In the face of ongoing challenges faced by LGBTI individuals around the world, Canada operates a refugee program that prioritizes the admission of individuals facing persecution on the basis of their sexuality.  This wonderfully successful program recognizes that although Canadian law officially recognizes the equality of LGBTI individuals, other countries – in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond – continue to criminalize queer sexualities in horrific ways.  Yet even in Canada, LGBTI migrants face challenges in accessing sensitive and sexuality-appropriate services across a range of domains. Speakers at this panel will compare and contrast the hopes and challenges of LGBTI individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, including from the perspective of those who have migrated from one to the other.