Out in the World: 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees arrive in Canada

 | 
05/11/2022

The Canadian government has quietly relocated 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees from Pakistan to the North American country.  Afghan refugees flew out of Islamabad to Nova Scotia around April 30, according to gay Afghan American activist Nemat Sadat in a May 1 email announcing the resettlement effort. Most of the Afghan refugees were from a list of more than 1,000 queer Afghans he has been advocating for over the past nine months. Only one refugee, a transgender Afghan who spoke with the Bay Area Reporter, was represented by Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian LGBTQ asylum and refugee organization. “The end of Ramadan and start of Eid proved to be a perfect cover in clearing out a large number of LGBT+ Afghans in Pakistan who were on my list and waiting for their resettlement to Canada,” Sadat wrote in the email to the B.A.R. “I’m grateful that Canada is doing everything it can to help my people get a chance to restart their lives in a free and open society.”

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 04/24/2024
04/23/2024
Wales has become the latest UK nation to pause the use of puberty blockers by under-18s. The physically reversible hormone blockers, which suppress unwanted …
Added on: 04/24/2024
04/24/2024
Over the weekend in Japan, 15,000 people took part in the 2024 Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade, one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ events in Southeast …
Added on: 04/24/2024
04/23/2024
Not-for-profit Qtopia has applied to permanently transform a former police station into the Sydney Centre for Queer History and Culture. Along with Create NSW—the …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from , , ,

Added on: 04/24/2024
Over the weekend in Japan, 15,000 people took part in the 2024 Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade, one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ events in Southeast …
Added on: 04/24/2024
A new rule from President Joe Biden’s administration blocking blanket policies to keep transgender students from using school bathrooms that align with their gender …
Added on: 04/23/2024
Louisiana’s top education official on Monday instructed schools to ignore new Title IX rules unveiled by the Biden administration, warning that extending the civil …