Supporting Migrant Voices and the VQFF


Supporting Migrant Voices and the VQFF

17 August, 2019 at 16:30-18:30 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Every year Rainbow Foundation of Hope supports a film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) as part of its Migrant Voices series. Carl Meadows is co-founder of RFOH and he and his husband Les Dick are long-standing, faithful donors and fundraisers for Out on Screen, the proud producer and host of VQFF every year.

Migrant Voices features films that appeal to the issue of SOGIE persecution, which has led to the current refugee crisis for LGBT+ people worldwide. As part of the 31st annual VQFF, the film featured this year was entitled Sidney & Friends, a group of trans and intersex folks dealing with the challenges of life in a modern Kenyan society.

Sidney identifies as intersex and his friends are both intersex and transgender. Together, they are learning to navigate severe intolerance within their society and come to find each other and create a truly beautiful community. As a circle of friends offering support and safety, each friend has a story to share that is deeply emotional.

Theirs is an important message around finding love, acceptance, and dignity, both within ourselves and within our societies.

The film documentary was released in 2018 and is directed by Tristan Aitchison.

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