North Star Triangle @ Crowne Plaza

Posted on June 26, 2011 by

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David Pepper came to Fredericton on June 16 to talk about LGBTIQ Refugees and how the Canadian LGBTIQ community can help and even sponsor their admission to Canada. This is a guest post from David’s blog about his Canadian tour, a 20 city national bus tour from Apr13-Jul 1, 2011. The mission of North Star Triangle’s tour was to mobilize the GLBT communities and allies to increase public awareness to sponsor queer refugees to Canada.

Thursday – Fredericton – New Brunswick is 3 for 3!

I had to remind myself in the title of the day of the week and the city…because I did it again tonight and called the wonderful city of Fredericton by the name of the other wonderful city of Saint John!But that did not in anyway dissuade the great group who came on Thursday night for engaging in a really nice way.  We had a lot of questions after my presentation.  Lots of practical questions about the refugee process, how can the LGBT community help, what are the issues facing refugees with children, what about previously married LGBT people?I am trying to capture as many of the questions in the “Journal” that I ask people to write in during the meetings.  And in the coming weeks and months I am going to be finding out more detailed and substantive answers and posting them here on the blog.  (I had hoped to be able to do that now, but realistically, the basic logistics of getting into a city, meeting people, and posting blog information is totally consuming.)  So — keep watching the blog into the future.  It will continue to grow and expand with the network I am tapping into.

Thanks again to Rob Frenette at Bullying Canada (http://www.bullyingcanada.ca/ ) who organized the meeting tonight and got an amazing donation from the Crowne Plaza (again!) for the meeting room.  (I think that I am very close to declaring Crowne Plaza an honourary North Star Triangle patron based on the New Brunswick generosity!).

Also many thanks to Francis here in Fredericton.  He single-handedly got the wheels in motion that saw the North Star Triangle Project have 3 amazing meetings on three successive nights in New Brunswick.

One of my goals on this tour was to visit places in Canada I have never had the opportunity to visit yet in my life.  I must say that New Brunswick not only exceeded my expectations, I am surprised that more Canadians haven’t discovered its beauty and history.  Go New Brunswick tourism go!

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