Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Ahmad 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.
The book is positively reviewed by Quill and Quire, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Globe and Mail among other publications. Released in May 2017, The Clothesline Swing won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and Shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018. It's also a finalist for the Gay Fiction Category in the Lambda Awards.
He also translated Rafi Badawi's 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think, and published two collections of short stories in Arabic.
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 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; and participated in efforts to ensure safe passage to 24 Syrian Queer and Trans refugees to Canada.
His public speaking and storytelling made him a regular presenter in conferences, conventions and storytelling events across Canada. He was a keynote speaker at QMUNITY’s IDAHOT Breakfast, the Liberal Party Convention, Six Degrees Conference, among others. His TEDx talk has gathered thousands of views on YouTube.
Ramadan serves on the board of Vancouver Pride Society since September 2017, and is a member of the City of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee.
He was appointed Grand Marshal for the Vancouver Pride Parade 2016; he was awarded the StandOut Award for his social activism, the RBC’s Top Immigrant in Canada award, and the Bonham Centre Award for Excellency. Ramadan lives in Vancouver since his arrival to Canada in 2014.
- 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 23 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, a TEDx talk presenter, Panelist at 6 Degrees Citizenship Conference, a keynote speaker at LGBTQ+Newcomers Conference among other events.
- He serves as a Director-at-Large at the Board of Vancouver Pride Society, and is a member of the City of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee.
- He was awarded The Social Activist StandOut Award 2017, and the Top Canadian Immigrant Award 2017, as well as the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Award for Excellency.