After an interview with Mr. Hossein Alizadeh, IGLHRC's Program Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Transparency for Iran, a Berlin-based nonprofit organization advocating for human rights, freedom of press, and transparency for political and social developments in Iran, published an article about IGLHRC's work in the region. Specifically, the article discusses IGLHRC's efforts to educate the Iranian public about LGBT people. While the government has been attempting to ban all discussions of sexuality, IGLHRC has been working to spread information on the issue.
IGLHRC has hosted media training sessions designed to enlighten Persian-language journalists on the proper terminology to use when discussing LGBT-related matters. Today, even the Iranian government is beginning to adopt these terms. IGLHRC has also published a manual designed to inform LGBT citizens and their lawyers on the best strategies to defend themselves when accused of a crime stemming from their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Furthermore, the article makes note of how IGLHRC, alongside other human rights organizations, is continuing to fight for the release of Iranian citizens imprisoned due to their sexual orientation.
The original article (in German) is available here: http://transparency-for-iran.org/gesellschaft/lets-talk-sex-online-gegen-homophobie
Published on June 20, 2014 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization