National Tour on LBGTQ Refugees coming to end in Ottawa on July 27

The North Star Triangle Project (NSTP) will conclude the final leg of its national tour in Newfoundland and Ontario from July 21 to 27.

The Tour will end in Ottawa — the 21st city in the ten province tour. The Ottawa meeting will take place at the Catholic Immigration Centre, 219 Argyle (between Bank and O’Connor), Room 113 on July 27, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

This final leg of the tour includes stops in St. John’s, Newfoundland, London and Toronto before concluding in Ottawa.

NSTP is a volunteer effort to educate and mobilize Canadian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities about LGBT/Queer refugees in the world. It is a cross-Canada tour to promote “Group of 5” sponsorships.

The Canadian government has expressed concern over the persecution of LGBT people in the world. Canadian GLBT persons have an opportunity to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people around the world through sponsorships and a federal government sponsored pilot project

Everyone is invited to attend the Ottawa event on Wednesday, July 27 from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm. to meet David Pepper. David is a long-time gay activist from Ottawa who is travelling across Canada to raise awareness about LGBTQ refugees and promote the idea of private sponsorships.

The North Star Triangle Project is linking up individuals and communities from across Canada to mobilize around the humanitarian disaster of refugees. In particular, LGBTQ refugees from Uganda to Iran to Colombia face real and present danger. The North Star Triangle Project will allow people to find out more about what is happening in Canada and how to help around the world.

Ottawa will be the 21st and final city in the tour across Canada that was launched in Winnipeg on April13, 2011.

You can read more about and follow the North Star Triangle Project at www.northstartriangle.blogspot.comor follow it on Twitter @northstartri

Asylum News has posted a YouTube video of an interview David did on World Refugee Day with Matt Rainey at CBC Charlottetown. It also includes a range of photos from the17 cities visited so far. You can see it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSP0RHNWlvQ

Recent media attention has included:

Ottawa Citizen: http://bit.ly/gXyBwG
Winnipeg FreePress(Launch) at: http://bit.ly/e5ils0
Winnipeg FreePress(Pride) at: http://bit.ly/jfZE7S

BACKGROUND:

LGBTQ people in Canada have been blessed with a country that at times, has been a beacon of hope for freedom, equality and safety. There’s an urgent need in the world to protect the million plus refugees– some of whom are LGBTQ and face a real and present danger in their lives.

One of the way to sponsor a refugee is through a “Group of 5” private sponsorship. The sponsorship allows any 5 Canadians to get together and sponsor a refugee to come to Canada. Recently the federal government launched a project to support Group of 5 initiatives across Canada which will be run by Rainbow Refugee in Vancouver.

David is also associated with the Capital Rainbow Group which is currently made up of individuals who are undertaking a “Group of 5” application for a LGBTQ refugee.

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