When You Have Love, You Have Family: Documenting Queer and Trans Immigrant Familial Relationships

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5 min readSep 16, 2020

By Ravindu Ranawaka

Note: Some of the names in this article have been changed at the request of the individuals, all alternative names have been selected by the individuals themselves.

“Family is with whom you create bonds that lasts over time, can change, and grow. You don’t have contact with them every day, but you still love them and care for them.” Bilal Askaryar, an openly gay refugee from Afghanistan experienced migration through means…

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