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“Among Friends” Immigrants Fleeing Home Country Due to Sexual Persecution (Video)

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Organization: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is a community health centre in Toronto, working to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities.

Storyteller: Ranjith Kulatilake

Storyteller Bio: Ranjith Kulatilake, an immigrant from Sri Lanka, has been a volunteer at the Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services for the past five years. He is a founding member of “Among Friends”, a three-year initiative to improve access to public services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) refugees and immigrants in Toronto.

Story Description: Ranjith’s story describes his journey as a new immigrant to Canada after fleeing his home country due to sexual persecution. It is a story about building new friendships amongst others facing similar challenges and dealing with the stigma of homosexuality within his community.

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