Arsham Parsi

Executive Director

The IRQR’s founder, Arsham Parsi, is a well-known Iranian gay activist who has dedicated himself to help LGBT/queer Iranians who has fled their country because of the government’s violent homophobic and transphobic policies. In 2004, while still living in Iran, Arsham founded the first Iranian gay group that later called the IRanian Queer Organization – […]



Samaneh Riazi

Volunteer Program Director

Samaneh was born in Iran and raised in Toronto. She has bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Service Work. Even though, she is not part of the queer community, she is a great ally for the queer human rights cause especially for Iranians. She believes in equality for all and she has a great passion […]



Ehsan Ebrahimi

Volunteer Executive Assistant

Ehsan was born in Tehran, Iran. He left Iran to Turkey in 2011 and the IRQR helps him to grant his refugee status. He lives in Toronto, Canada since June 2013 and decided to contribute to his community.



Stephen Weiss

Volunteer Database Developer

Stephen is a technology expert with 15 years of experience in database and software development. He is currently the SVP of Technology at Stylesight, the industry-leading content and technology solution for professionals in the style, fashion and design sectors. Stephen has a BA in Linguistics from Boston University and is fluent in German, having lived […]