We are a group of volunteers who have come together to raise funds to support the application of a Syrian trans woman currently living in Turkey to come to Canada. For almost seven years, they have lived precariously with the constant threat of deportation to Syria. Through their strength and resilience they have survived and even managed to create beautiful art.
The money we raise will go towards MCC Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Sponsorship Fund and help support a 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 Canadian- and Syrian-born sponsors, both LGBTQ+ and straight, some with lived experience as refugees and 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.