The gay people pushed to change their gender


BBC By Ali Hamedani Iran is one of a handful of countries where homosexual acts are punishable by death. Clerics do, however accept the idea that a person may be trapped in a body of the wrong sex. So homosexuals can be pushed into having gender reassignment surgery – and to avoid it many flee […]

Call for Board of Directors Nominations


Mission: “To advance human rights for Iranian queers and increase public awareness about the plight of Iranian queer asylum seeker/refugees while providing support to Iranian queers who are discriminated on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”   The Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) exists to support Iranian LGBT/queer people who […]

Toronto’s gay mecca a refuge for persecuted Iranians


Toronto Star By: Nicholas Keung, Immigration reporter While other Muslims pay homage to the holy city of Mecca, Elina Azari worships Toronto, the gay mecca for queer Iranians. A month ago, the 26-year-old native from Tehran followed the treks of other queer refugees stranded in Turkey and joined the growing Iranian LGBTQ community for a […]

Pen America: Young Iranian Poet Seeks Refuge

Iranian poet and novelist Payam Feili was forced into exile in Turkey last month amidst mounting threats against himself and his family, the poet told PEN International and PEN American Center this week. Feili described how he was seized from his home by plainclothes officers on February 2nd, shortly after he signed a contract to […]

Homophobics have a Middle Ages Mentality

Dr. Mostafa Eghlima, The head of the Iranian Social Workers Association,  recently spoke against homophobia in an article in Iran’s popular online Nameh News. However, the article was deleted from the website shortly after its published. This article is not the widespread of queer rights in Iran but we welcome all positive comments. “Homosexuals are […]

Far From Home… Safe Now


By: Kailee Fatt “Far From Home… Safe Now” was the name of the event organized by Iranian Queer Committee for Pride 2014 on March 25th,  and it was an opportunity for LGBTQ Iranian men and women, to speak publicly about their brave journey to Canada. The main focus of the event was to bring attention […]

Panel Discussion: Far From Home… Safe Now


Iranian queers speak up about their journey to Canada  Click to Download our Flyer March 25th 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm The 519 Church Street Community Centre Room: 106  Hosted by Iranian Queer Pride 2014 Committee Our focus for this event is to bring attention to the challenges during the refugee process starting in Iran and ending in […]

Iran’s queen of pop promotes gay rights in new music video


Bu: Saeed Kamali Dehghan Source: The Guardian Iran’s queen of pop, Googoosh, has released a video in support of the country’s gay and lesbian community, becoming the first prominent Iranian to speak out against homophobia. The video for her latest song Behesht (Heaven), released on her Facebook page on Valentine’s Day, portrays a lesbian couple in a […]