Seven male refugees from West Africa participated in this project. Over two weekends, they worked with Community Story Strategies to create a 3-4 minute digital story about the experiences that led them to Canada. All men came from countries where their LGBT status put them at high risk of prison, torture and possibly death. Digital storytelling was used a research methodology that put control in the hands of the participants to tell their stories in their own way and for their own use.
The LGBTIQ+ Refugee Digital Storytelling Project is a small part of a larger Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CB/PAR) study, "What Difference Does God Make to LGBT+ Human Rights Movements?" The partnering organization is the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, the only organization in Canada that is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder, and can support the sponsorship of LGBTIQ+ refugees.
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Reverend Kevin Downer
Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
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