We are a group of volunteers raising funds to support the application of an Iraqi trans woman currently living in Turkey to come to Canada. From a young age she knew she could not be herself and lead a safe life in Iraq so she fled to Turkey the moment she completed her university studies. Unfortunately life in Turkey is also dangerous and uncertain.
The money we raise will go towards MCC Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Sponsorship Fund and help support the newcomer during their first year in Canada. We have included provisions for mental health supports and trans healthcare in our fundraising target. Our goal is to provide a safe space and time for the newcomer to start healing and begin a life of safety and dignity in Canada.
We are a group of sponsors, both LGBTQ+ and straight, all with personal connections to trans refugees currently in Turkey. We understand the difficulties of life as a refugee in Turkey and recognize the marginalization and increased dangers faced by LGBTQ+ refugees, especially trans refugees.