Welcoming Pittsburgh Forum on LGBTQ Refugees

This looks really interesting. Unfortunately, I seem to have some sort of sickness so I don’t think I’ll be able to attend. I also continue to wonder why the City tends to schedule these types of events during the middle of the workweek when so few people can attend. I realize that’s when the employees of Welcoming Pittsburgh are on the clock, but it does seem a little counterproductive.

I also wish City of Asylum was on the panel. Their work with artists is so important and could lend itself to critical conversation.

Advancing a dialogue between the LGBTQI and Refugee community. RSVP Today!

New Panelist: Cavanaugh QuickProgram Manager, Dreams of Hope

Kheir Mugwaneza, Director, Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Northern Area Multi-Service Center 

Dawn Brubacker, Lead Service Coordinator, Refugee & Immigrant Services, Jewish Family & Children Services

Mark HarleyImmigration Attorney, Schneck & Harley Immigration Law Group

Betty Hill, Executive Director, Persad

RSVP by emailing anne.mclaughlin@pittsburghpa.gov.

Who should attend:  Anyone interested in building bridges between refugee and LGBTQI communities
When: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Where: Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
This event is hosted by Kelly Strayhorn Theater.


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  • We (Welcoming Pittsburgh) scheduled it then at the request of the Refugee Congress to accommodate their schedule, but we agree with you. Follow up events will be at a better time — we work nights and weekends!

    • Thanks for responding, Betty. I can appreciate schedule constraints, but I urge the City to work through community groups and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee when planning in the future. Congrats on a good event.

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