Canada: A safe haven for LGBT refugees

Published: June 23, 2014

More than 75 countries have outlawed homosexuality and at least five countries have laws that allow homosexual acts to be punished by death. Because of the physical and emotional abuse that some people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) receive from their communities – coupled with the ongoing threat to their well-being – a number have fled to Canada in search of a safe haven. In a series of photographs, Matthew Sherwood captures the lives, stories and struggles that some members of the LGBTQ community have faced and the legal process they endure before being granted asylum in Canada.

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