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Elton had to flee for his life, Rainbow Railroad was there to help

In 2020 Rainbow Railroad was showcased in a powerful episode of Canada’s Drag Race, which featured five courageous people who we assisted out of harm’s way. A huge congratulations to Priyanka and Elektra for winning the challenge!


Elton had to flee for his life, Rainbow Railroad was there to help Elton had to flee for his life, Rainbow Railroad was there to help

Elton’s work with an LGBTQI+ rights group in Jamaica made him a target of homophobia.

He was attacked by two young men, but luckily he escaped with just cuts and bruises. Men tried to break into his home, shouting homophobic slurs. He feared for his life, and reached out to Rainbow Railroad, telling no one—not even his family—that he was trying to escape.

Now in Toronto, Elton is living his life as an out and proud gay man, and is considering pursuing a master’s degree in education. Elton remembers the first time he walked down Toronto’s Church Street (the city’s gay district) and saw couples holding hands. He reached out to his friend and said, “Let’s hold hands.” No one remarked or noticed them, which was a beautiful experience for Elton.

In 2020 Rainbow Railroad was showcased in a powerful episode of Canada’s Drag Race, which featured five courageous people who we assisted out of harm’s way. A huge congratulations to Priyanka and Elektra for winning the challenge!