Award-winning author Danny Ramadan is not only a gifted storyteller and public speaker, he’s also an LGBTQ+ Refugee activist devoted to helping refugees transition to life in Canada. Originally from Syria, Danny arrived in Canada in 2014, and quickly gained recognition for his debut novel, The Clothesline Swing. The novel, which explores the aftermath of the Arab Spring through the memories of a pair of lovers, has won numerous awards, including an Independent Publisher Award for LGBT Fiction. This year, he’s releasing a children’s book, Salma the Syrian Chef; however, tour dates have been postponed due to COVID-19.
We spoke to Danny about the complex journey LGBTQ+ refugees undertake when arriving from Syria. The journey isn’t as black and white as many might think. Danny’s experiences inspired him to dedicate his time to Rainbow Refugees, a Vancouver-based community group that supports refugees seeking protections in Canada based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status.
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