Between 2010 and 2011, LGBTQ+ newcomers came together to develop a booklet that would highlight their lives as immigrants and refugees to Canada who are also part of the LGBTQ+ community. Issues discussed in the booklet include accessing services, racism, language barriers, transphobia, volunteerism, mental health, community development, social engagement and much more.
“This initiative has immensely empowered me to come out as a gay newcomer and talk openly about the issues related to people like myself,” Ranjith Kulatilake, Among Friends volunteer/ LGBTQ+ newcomer community member.
“The booklet was created with the support from Community One Foundation’s Rainbow Grants and The Ontario Trillium Foundation. We are thankful for this opportunity to highlight and support diversity within the LGBTQ+ and newcomer communities,” Aamer Esmail, Manager, Youth Programs, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services.
Among Friends Initiative is a collaboration between Access Alliance , The 519 Church Street Community Centre and Culturelink.