Dennie came to Canada after he was viciously attacked for being gay in his home country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The attacker first beat him with a bottle of cognac, fracturing his skull and sending a bone fragment into his brain. He then grabbed a rock, continuing to batter him to within an inch of his life. Dennie left with a litany of torments, including partial paralysis, which makes it impossible for him to work. The former dancer fled to Canada in 2010 and applied for asylum. But, as is the case for many queer refugees, he wasn’t believed. Despite what the adjudicator called an “impressive” amount of evidence supporting his claim, Dennie was told he wasn’t “a credible historian of his own personal background.” So in 2013, he was deported. Since he has returned to St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dennie has been called names, has been threatened on the street and has been shot at twice, though he wasn’t injured.
March 29 / Daily Xtra