Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His English debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, continues to receive raving reviews.

As an LGBTQ activist, he has been involved in coordinating online and on the ground efforts to support Queer and Trans identifying refugees from Syria to immigrate to Canada. Danny volunteers with Rainbow Refugee Society supporting their work in creating Private Sponsorship Groups to bring LGBTQ-identifying refugees from Syria to his new home in Canada. He also runs the annual fundraiser An Evening in Damascus to support those efforts. Since May 2015, he has raised over $100.000 to support a total of eight other LGBTQ-identifying Syrian refugees. He was picked as the Grand Marshal for the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2016 to celebrate those efforts.

Danny is an experienced journalist with bylines appearing in the Washington Post, The Guardian and Foreign Policy. His novel The Clothesline Swing is published by Harbour Publishing House in May 2017 to raving reviews by The Globe and Mail, Publishers Weekly and Quill and Quire, among others.

He is also a public speaker and a storyteller, featured in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Breakfast 2015, National Liberal Convention 2016 and TEDxSFU 2016.

Highlights

  • His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, is published by Nightwood Edition, a partner to Harbour Publishing House on May, 2017.
  • He has raised over $100.000 in funds for LGBTQ-identifying refugees and supported 18 people to find refuge in Canada.
  • He is a public speaker and a storyteller, who was a keynote speaker at the Liberal Party Convention in Winnipeg 2016, and a TEDx talk presenter.
  • He is currently the Community Food Hub Volunteer Specialist at The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
  • He was awarded The Social Activist StandOut Award 2017, and the Top Canadian Immigrant Award 2017.

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