ADDED ON: 01/07/2023

Ukrainian Kyiv-based pride organization asks Canadians to open homes to LGBTQ refugees

01/06/2023 | CBC

Simon Fraser University professor Svitlana Matviyenko was in Kyiv on New Year’s Eve when Russia fired missiles into the city. “It was a very strange experience, obviously. And scary in many ways,” she told Stephen Quinn, the host of CBC’s The Early Edition. She and many others took cover in old subway stations and listened to the sounds of explosions above. Next month will mark one year since Russia invaded Ukraine. While many have stayed in the country, refugees continue to flee in search of a safer, more peaceful life. In the first two weeks of the invasion, an estimated three million people fled. Canada has taken in more than 132,000 Ukrainian refugees, but some organizations are still looking for hosts to house more, particularly refugees who identify as LGBTQ.

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