On Aug 17, 2016 Georgia Straight reported: The act of walking with a boy to the beach to make out with him holds great significance for Ahmed Danny Ramadan. It’s what he did to celebrate the second anniversary of receiving his Canadian visa in 2014, after being a Syrian refugee in Lebanon for two years.
His life here is a world away from the chronic fear and anxiety of being persecuted in his homeland, where he ran an underground LGBT centre.
He’s now helping others in similar situations to come to Canada.
The journalist and writer (who has a regular column in Daily Xtra and is working on a novel) is a volunteer coordinator at Qmunity, and a volunteer for Rainbow Refugee, which assists LGBT and HIV–positive refugees. He was also a grand marshal in the 2016 Vancouver Pride parade and is a speaker at numerous events (including the TEDxSFU event in November).
He also helped raise $80,000 to assist several Syrian refugees to come to Canada, and he hopes to make his Evening in Damascus fundraiser an annual event.