Bridges to Hope and Freedom: celebrating the MCC Toronto Refugee Ministry


Join us as we celebrate all of our refugee programs in a fundraiser for MCC Toronto: Bridges to Hope & Freedom – October 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at 115 Simpson Avenue, Toronto.

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We seek to build bridges that transform lives and transform the world.
We give hope to people fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We have sponsored 29 refugees from abroad and have 2,400 in-land refugees in peer support. Celebrate our achievements and join us on the

Bridges to Hope & Freedom

Michael Serapio
CBC personality

Lorraine Segato
Canadian singer/songwriter

& The Chosen Chorus

6:00 p.m. Reception (bar & hors d’ouevres)
7:00 p.m. Program (speakers, music and videos)

October 10, 2018 at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
115 Simpson Avenue, M4K 1A1.

Tickets are $50 each.

Although we have achieved amazing success with our refugee programs, there is still much work to be done. Every day we hear from people who are desperately seeking assistance. We recently received this letter:

My name is Maali and I’m originally from Chechnya. I had to flee my country because I am a lesbian. When my family found out, they planned to marry me to a stranger, had my girlfriend disappeared, and they eventually planned to kill me.

I tried to escape by hiding in Russia, but I was found and made to marry a man who lived in a European country. This man and his family abused me daily. When my grandmother was very ill, I begged my husband to allow me to go back to Chechnya to visit her. Once I was back, I phoned him to let him know I would not be returning. When my uncle found out, he beat me. I reported him to the police, but since he was close to the government, he came home that day with the police report and he beat me a second time. I ended up in the hospital. Upon discharge, my cousin told me to flee because my family was planning to kill me.

I’m on the run again, trying to survive, unable to feel safe. I’m so scared that my family will find me. Canada may be my only chance for a life free of fear and persecution. Please help me.

 We constantly receive pleas for help from people like Maali. We need more resources so we can help more people. Join us to celebrate the success we’ve already achieved and help us to dream of even greater success.

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), 73 countries criminalize LGBTQI+ sexualities and identities. Some of those countries promote direct state sponsored violence against LGBTQI+ communities or turn a blind eye to oppression and persecution. Based on these realities, thousands of LGBTQI+ identified peoples flee their countries seeking safety and freedom.

The LGBTQI+ Refugee Program at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) has made a commitment to provide support, hope and safety those who have experienced or have a founded fear of persecution, violence or risk to their lives based on their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexuality.

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Event Sponsors

We are grateful for the amazing support of the following organizations:

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