burden of proof is a new ensemble musical written by Scott Christian, La-Nai Gabriel, and Rob Kempson that explores the challenges met by LGBTQ+ refugee claimants in Canada.
Supported by the Keith and Sharon Segal Fund for International Musical Development
Queer refugees who come to Canada after fleeing oppressive, homophobic homelands have often spent their lives trying to hide their sexuality or gender identity for fear of persecution. However, when they arrive here, they must prove their queer identity to claim status as a persecuted minority. It’s an impossible question: how do you prove your identity without ever practicing it? How can you communicate who you are without ever having a chance to know for yourself? This question burdens not only the queer community, but all of us.