The current immigration debate looming large in Washington focuses primarily on the border between Mexico and the U.S. But leaving your country to find a better life isn’t unique to Mexicans or those seeing better jobs to support their families. So many immigrants, whose stories go untold, escape their homeland to live freely as gay men and women. And a good portion of them, it turns out, trek to Canada for a peaceful existence
Now, at Toronto’s Humanitas Fesival (May 26 – June 25), the documentary Gloriously Free (view the trailer) will look at this overlooked group of people.
The first documentary ever to explore the world of gay immigration and the desperate search by five young men to find welcoming arms outside their countries of birth. What they find is Canada, a vast country that now leads the world as the safest haven for persecuted gays and lesbians. Their compelling stories have global reach as same sex partnerships fuel international dialogue about why North America – and Canada in particular – have softened their stance on same sex preference and orientation.
And this time, President Bush has no say in whether you’ll be granted asylum.