Tag Archives: New Immigrant

Julius

Julius, a young artist from Toronto, talks about his experiences of coming out – First recognizing his same-sex attraction in the Philippines and then once he immigrated to Canada, he notes some significant differences in the coming out process. He continues to work with issues of acceptance and homonormativity in his art practice. Julius’s artwork can be viewed at:
http://juliusmanapul.wix.com/julius-poncelet-manapul-art#!
http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/98229-julius-poncelet-manapul

Julius’s story is the one in a series recorded at World Pride in Toronto, Ontario in 2014. Heart felt thanks go to the sponsors of this series: Media Net in Victoria, BC and Trinity Square Video in Toronto. Special thanks to Milada Kovacova at Trinity.

Joy

Joy talks about the tradition of lesbian American exiles and her experience as an American citizen, trying to find a better fit for herself on the planet.Joy’s expatriation was made easier by; The Lesbian Connection and The BOLD Festival

Joy’s story is one of a series from the VLSCS Coffee Talk group, shot with the generous sponsorship of the Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society and an anonymous donor. The purpose of the VLSCS is to support lesbian health and social needs as we age by providing safe, accessible, welcoming spaces to build community through public education and social action. www.VLSCS.ca

Jerome

Our Christmas story this year is Jerome. He tells his story of moving to a new community believing that acceptance and understanding from his church would greet him, only to be shunned when he came out to them. What’s refreshing here is Jerome’s persistence in his belief that education would make everything well again. He also shares his theory on how the LGBTQ communities could save the churches. Jerome is a science fiction writer and you can find his work at: jeromestueart.com

Jerome’s story video is part of a series of videos from Whitehorse, YT that were facilitated by the Yukon Queer Film Alliance with the generous support of Arts Fund Yukon. YQFA is responsible for OUT North, the first queer film festival north of 60. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yukon-Queer-Film-Alliance/369436306474933?fref=ts

E. T.

E.T. is an American lesbian living in Canada with her wife.
She talks about some of the struggles that bi-national same-sex couples face.

Ranjith/Finding Friends

Ranjith’s story comes from Sri Lanka via Toronto…Not an onmyplanet.ca production but a worthy and touching story…

An immigrant from Sri Lanka, Ranjith has been a volunteer at the Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services for the past five years. He is a founding member of “Among Friends”, a three-year initiative to improve access to public services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) refugees and immigrants in Toronto. You can find Access Alliance at: www.accessalliance.ca. This video is hosted on the Volunteer Toronto Youtube page at: www.youtube.com/volunteerto