An Opportunity to Make a Difference
With the many gains that the LGBT community has made in Canada, it is sometimes easy to forget that many of our brothers and sisters throughout the world continue to face the oppression that we’ve left behind.
Recently two activists from Belgrade, Serbia have arrived in Calgary. They have been together for 11 years and were the organizers of Belgrade Pride, a parade that for many years was more of a war zone than a place of celebration. As high-profile activists they have suffered assaults, hate graffiti on their home, discrimination in regards to employment and education and lack of action on their complaints by the police and authorities.
Boban and Adam have decided to apply as refugees to Canada. They will go through a long, difficult process that involves legal consultation, preparation of application and making their case at the hearing before the Refugee Board. With dwindling saving and no work permit, Boban and Adam would have to rely on generous support from Calgarians to pay for their legal fees.
A $50 ticket gets you a wonderful Thai / Vietnamese dinner and helps two people start the process of beginning their new lives in our country.