We Stand Together and Move Forward to Exercise Our Rights
We, Iranian LGBTQI activists, request support from politicians and activists in Iran and all around the world and we demand their help to improve the situation of the Iranian queer community until we achieve equal rights. In all these years, the LGBTQI community alongside other groups, not only have been observing protests and uprising of Iranian people, but they have been part of it as well. This year, we as a group of Iranian queer community, state our full support for Iranian people and we ask all Iranian around the world not to forget to fight for equal rights in all aspects including gender equality and LGBTQI community rights. Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares everyone right to have freedom of peaceful assembly and association. We also recognize everyone right to have a peaceful demonstration and protests as part of efforts to achieve equality and democracy in a society. Therefore, nonviolent demonstrations are basic rights of each person that are brought into law in international communities and Iran. However, our society continuously being pushed out and LGBTQI activists have been hiding their identities and hence leave the country.
In the last 4 decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran's government not only has been playing a direct role in punishing people but also has been very active in promoting hatred against the LGBTQI community all around the world. Iranian government officials are proud to do such activities and these pressures force thousand of Iranian people from queer communities to leave Iran and seek asylum in other countries. We, Iranian LGBTQI activists, request support from politicians and activists in Iran and all around the world and we demand their help to improve the situation of the Iranian queer community until we achieve equal rights.
We also appeal to social activists to not forget Intersectional people's rights and to remember that students, women, teachers, workers, and minorities from different cities and villages are part of the LGBTQI community. In Iran society, due to the toxic environment against the LGBTQI community, people from different sexual orientations are not at liberty to exercise their rights and make sure their voices are heard, hence they are victims of inequality from different legal and social aspects. We, as part of the LGBTQI community, would like to ask all social movements especially women movements to promote gender equality goals and invite them to remember other sexual orientations in their conversations and not to encourage Heteronormative and Cisnormative dialogues. Spectrum, Radio Ranginkaman, JoopeA