Refugee fleeing brutality for sexual orientation finds support at St. Aidan’s, San Francisco

Posted on December 11, 2012

For the past year St Aidan’s, San Francisco, has partnered with ORAM (Organization for Refuge Asylum & Migration) which is the only international organization devoted solely to advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees fleeing brutalization due to sexual orientation or gender identity. ORAM is currently assisting in resettling vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees to the San Francisco Bay Area and they chose St. Aidan’s as the first Episcopal church in the country to form a Guardian Group. This past Thursday members of St Aidan’s welcomed Farhad to the Bay Area from Iran and they are assisting with him settling in his new home using funds awarded to the parish last year with a grant from the San Francisco Deanery.

The photo shows Farhad (in the center) surrounded by his Guardian Group from the parish.