Thank you for being here
Coming out can be a scary process. There can be fear of judgment, non-acceptance, losing your loved ones, or friendships. It can bring tension to families because of beliefs, ideologies and concerns of what others might think.
In the end, we all want to be seen, accepted and loved as we are.
Are you afraid to come out?
Have you been told that you can be cured or this is just a phase?
Did someone in your family come out and you are struggling to know what to do?
No matter what your situation, I’m here to support you and help you shine your light.
My name is Dakshima Dilipani Haputhanthri. I am a registered social worker in Alberta, Canada. I worked as an attorney, in my home country Sri Lanka. I have been an invited speaker in many platforms such as Mount Royal University, University of Calgary and non-profit organizations such as Diversecities, Distress Centre and Immigrant Services Calgary. I am also a board member in the Gender and Sexual Diversity Board of Calgary Police Services and Co-Chair for Immigrant Advisory Table member at Calgary Local Immigration Partnership, Vice President at Calgary Outlink, as well as an Advisor at Faculty of Social work’s community advisory committee.
After struggling for many years to hide my sexuality, I now fully embrace my true self and am here to safely support you to embrace your true self and to find your freedom and peace.
Are you curious about the name Dilipani?
Dilipani means “a lighted lamp.” It also happens to be my middle name. I was drawn to Dilipani when choosing a name for my services, because I see myself as a guiding light, or a lighted lamp for you and your loved ones.
I’m here to help guide you to learn, accept and love yourself as you are, and others as they are, without judgment. I have been through this journey and come out the other side, stronger, wiser and filled with gratitude.
Together we are changing the world!
Dakshima in the media
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Calgary social worker offering counseling and support to South Asians who are ready to come out as gay to their families.
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