Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras |
As she no longer felt safe and was experiencing constant discrimination, Sayra knew she needed to leave Honduras. She remembers how, on arriving in Toronto, she immediately experienced a sense hope. Before coming here Sayra had researched as to where the largest LGBT community in Canada was located, and it came down to either Montreal or Toronto. She chose Toronto because she was more comfortable with the English language. This city has provided her with many opportunities that she wouldn’t have had in Honduras, like being able to establish a family and to marry. She feels safe here; a city where she and Eliza can walk hand in hand and nobody seems to have a problem with it.
“This is how home should feel.”
Toronto as Home
City Hall is an important place for Sayra since it is where she married her wife two years ago. This is why she wanted to be photographed in front of the late David Gerry Partridge‘s Metropolis, a 100000+ nail mural in City Hall’s lobby. She remembers going there with her girlfriend Eliza just to inquire about the marriage process. They got the necessary information at the front desk and Sayra asked Eliza if they could book the appointment. After she said yes, the receptionist told them they had an opening in 45 minutes! Sayra remembers leaving that building very happy and with a great feeling of accomplishment.
Connection with the Past
Sayra is holding the national Honduran soccer jersey. Soccer is very popular there and often national holidays are declared if their team wins. Recently Honduras qualified for the 2014 World Cup, and this makes Sayra feel proud. Even though she is now far away, when they are competing Sayra puts on her jersey and tries to feel as if she is attending the game. When a goal is scored she runs around her house screaming “gooooooooaaaaall” and explains how a lot of happy energy goes with wearing this jersey. The small red flag that she is also holding says “libre” and that means “free”. This is recognized as the flag of The Resistance in Honduras, a movement with which she was involved.