Iranian Queer Railroad

Outreach on Glbtq Issues
In 2007 GLOSSI decided to donate funds to a group that faces extreme homophobia. This group was IRQO, the Iranian Queer Organization, now known as IRQR, the Iranian Queer Railroad. In Iran being a gay man or lesbian is punishable by hanging or floggingI RQR is an international queer human rights activist group, centred in Toronto. It helps gay, lesbian and transgendered Iranians go through the UN refugee application process and emigrate to “safe” countries. The regime has cracked down on diversity of expression of both gender and orientation Much of the IRQR news pertains to gay men. Women are so opressed in Iran it is very difficult for them to escape. Arsham Parsi, the group’s dedicated activist, came to Gay Pride 2007 to sit on a panel at Art Spring, Love Beyond Borders: Human Rights in Iran and Canada. The panel helped us value the freedom we have. We came to understand how important it is for groups like IRQR to receive the support of countries where there is freedom to be queer.IRQR uses the internet, radio and magazines to help queer Iranians understand their human rights and to overcome internalized homophobia and transphobia. IRQR relies heavily on email support to persuade governments around the world to accept asylum seekers.

Iranian Queer Railroad
In 2007 GLOSSI decided to donate funds to a group that faces extreme homophobia. This group was IRQO, the Iranian Queer Organization, now known as IRQR, the Iranian Queer Railroad. In Iran being a gay man or lesbian is punishable by hanging or flogging. IRQR is an international queer human rights activist group, centred in Toronto. It helps gay, lesbian and transgendered Iranians go through the UN refugee application process and emigrate to “safe” countries. The regime has cracked down on diversity of expression of both gender and orientation. Much of the IRQR news pertains to gay men. Women are so oppressed in Iran it is very difficult for them to escape. Arsham Parsi, the group’s dedicated activist, came to Gay Pride 2007 to sit on a panel at Art Spring, Love Beyond Borders: Human Rights in Iran and Canada. The panel helped us value the freedom we have. We came to understand how important it is for groups like IRQR to receive the support of countries where there is freedom to be queer. IRQR uses the internet, radio and magazines to help queer Iranians understand their human rights and to overcome internalized homophobia and transphobia. IRQR relies heavily on email support to persuade governments around the world to accept asylum seekers. IRQR needs donations to fund safe houses, run education campaigns and above all to help refugees to escape and survive where they are sent, which is also often not safe.