After a year of research and study by a team of experts, in April 2013 the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission published a comprehensive media guide on sexual orientation and gender identity in Persian. The 72-page guide, titled "How to Discuss LGBT issues" is IGLHRC's first publication in Persian addressing the needs of Persian-speaking media professionals in reporting LGBT-related stories.
The guide, divided into 12 chapters, covers a range of topics, including Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) specific terminology, understanding of gender and sexuality, Persian slogans commonly used in reference to the LGBT community, LGBT rights at the United Nations, understanding conversion therapy, history of LGBT movement, Iran's penal code and homosexuality, religion and homosexuality, and professional ethics of journalism and the sensationalism of LGBT stories.
IGLHRC is currently using this manual—the first of its kind in Persian—in outreach to editors and journalists, Persian broadcast and online community members as a tool to end the social stigmatization of individuals, the LGBT community and the perpetuation of homophobia in Iran. The manual is successfully in use with several major international outlets and in less than one month, over 35 journalists and editors have already attended training workshops with IGLHRC staff.
Published on May 9, 2013 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization