Oct 8, 2013
06:56 PMThe Connecticut Story
Rwandan Genocide Survivor and LGBT Advocate Holding Guilford Fundraiser
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His message, if it’s not obvious, is in part that “Daniel is gay but he’s able to be a businessman,” and that, while Ndamwizeye has known great tragedy, he’s living proof that faith, will and a special soul are ingredients for overcoming adversity to not only find personal equilibrium but also to become a force for good.
In terms of the foundation, the scholarships and his deepening career as a motivational speaker, Ndamwizeye seems poised for greater and greater successes.
And in terms of the fight for the rights of the LGBT community, there remains lots of work to be done. “America has made progress,” said Ndamwizeye, who became an American citizen in 2010. “More and more people are coming out and they feel comfortable.”
“Internationally we are not” getting anywhere, he said, noting that in “parts of Africa they are very homophobic,” including Rwanda, and in other countries people are still put in jail for their sexual orientation.
“Daniel Trust spent many years in silence and in denial about his sexual orientation, but in 2009 after an attempt to commit suicide he finally got courage and broke the silence by telling his best friend he was gay and eventually came out to his friends, family and co-workers,” his website bio recounts.
If he can overcome that challenge, and a genocide that claimed his parents and two sisters—he has two sisters in the U.S. and two brothers in Rwanda; another brother was killed in Rwanda when struck by lightning while playing an electric guitar—then the odds are in Ndamwizeye’s favor when it comes to overcoming biases long overdue for extinction.
To be part of it, connect with the fundraiser Thursday.
“This is a charity extravaganza party you do not want to miss this fall,” the website description says. “We will have great beats by the awesome DJ Keemy + photography by the talented Olivier Kpognon - he will make you feel like a celebrity throughout the night. We will also have a red carpert moment for you as you walk in the restaurant + take a moment to be interviewed by our host for DT Style TV. The best dressed attendees will be featured on DTStyleDaily.com. We will be Tweeting and Instagraming LIVE. Hashtag ALL your photos & tweets using #DanielTrustFoundation. We can't wait to see you at the party. #PartyForCharity.