In Iran, being gay is punishable by death. This means the possibility of a large Pride march through the capital remains a long time away.
But a burgeoning group of LGBTI people are not waiting for the perfect day, they are taking a stand now.
Marching for the first time
In Amsterdam, Iranians will have its first boat in the Canal Pride parade.
While many will still wear masks at the heavily photographed event on 5 August, it will be a message to advocate for the fundamental rights of LGBTI people in one of the hardest places to be gay, bi or trans in the world.
JoopeA, a not-for-profit foundation, will be there in the Netherlands capital.
‘We, as an Iranian queer community out of Iran are going to come out of closet and prove that we are not ashamed of ourselves and we are proud of who we are,’ they said.
‘We will be marching behalf of the Iranian LGBTIQ community and behalf of everyone who has now voice and no face. We will be showing visibility of the hope and the dream. That’s why we are here to make our dream come true.’
Holding Pride in Iran in secret
For the past seven years, many have taken ‘secret Pride’ pictures in Iran.
These involve a LGBTI person holding up a rainbow flag or a message to call for acceptance and tolerance in Iran. No faces are shown, as the threat of persecution is very real.
Ranginkamaniha (or Rainbows), in its eighth year, will hold ‘Rainbow Friday’ this week (28 July).
‘We are believing in the power of happiness, miracle of hope and the strength of colors, even in this world of superficiality and helplessness,’ they say, in a call for those to share pictures.
‘Our grief is not dimmed, but we, the rainbows of Iran are screaming our happiness as a shape of resistance and we keep our euphoria alive as the torch of justice.’
They add: ‘Awareness is brightness and by that we will take back our days from the night we all have drowned in, more than ever. Because we believe that humankind is remedial, and human being is beautiful and kind as strong as that can be relied on it.
‘It’s possible to overcome ignorance that dominates the world.’
Death Penalty for Gays/Lesbians in Iran
How any clergy in Islam could put to death gays, some often as teenagers, is beyond my comprehension. I believe in God. I believe in science. I believe that as a human species we are developing scientifically and in ways technologically. In the time of Mohammed, there were NO planes, triple-pass heart surgeries, chemotherapy for cancer. In March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association wrote to the U.N and world leaders. This is an organization of over 250,0000 psychiatrists in 181 countries. They wrote that homosexuality cannot be reversed or changed and it is, therefore, NOT a choice. Those who put to death gays and lesbians are murdering their God’s creation.
Here are some evil pictures of Islamic clerics who have murdered:
GOD IS LOVE – MURDER IS NEVER A JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING A GAY OR LESBIAN LIFE.