Advocates want support for LGBTQ refugees

CanadaJuly 28, 2014 – Vancouver’s Pride week celebration kicked off on a subdued note Monday, with a discussion at City Hall on the challenges LGBTQ refugees face in Canada, particularly when it comes to housing and accessing services.

The panel discussion, moderated by Councillor Tim Stevenson, looked at discrimination and state-sponsored violence against LGBTQ people in other countries and considered what more the City of Vancouver could do to advocate on refugees’ behalves.

Chris Morrissey, one of the speakers and an LGBTQ immigration and refugee advocate, said balancing the needs of all the groups who need housing in Vancouver is always a challenge. However, she said the city would do well to set aside a number of its social housing units under development for asylum-seekers…

via Advocates want support for LGBTQ refugees – The Globe and Mail.

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