We Are One+Together partnered with Visionaire World to kick of the Mr. Gay Syria initiative in order to secure asylum for the Mr. Gay Syria contestants, including financing legal aid as well as generating political and public support. These brave individuals chose to host a competition to illuminate urgent issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals in the Middle East.
“We hope to inspire our community to take a stand with the Mr. Gay Syria contestants in solidarity by signing our petition urging the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services to take swift action and accelerate the process of granting the five courageous contestants asylum.”
We Are One+Together, Visionaire World and Grindr presented the premier of a short film, War Within, directed by Palestinian, Lebanese director Zaher Saleh as part of the We Are One+Together film series. The film tells a very personal story of a gay Muslim man’s struggle to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, his longing for acceptance from his family and his journey to love and accept himself.
Visionaire World also showcased a short film inspired by the Mr. Gay Syria pageant starring Caroline Vreeland, Connie Flemming, Elliott Sailors, Ladyfag, Maryna Linchuk, and Yara Sofia…
Check out the short film, War Within, below as well as some images from the event!