The Iranian government has a long and devastating history of violating LGBTI Rights. We (Iranian LGBTIs) have been imprisoned, tortured and in many cases executed. At the same time, social acceptance of LGBTI remains low in Iran in comparison with other target groups of the Iranian regime: many Iranian LGBTIs cannot come out to their families due to religious beliefs and societal norms. And those who do face anger, isolation, rejections and sometimes violence. This situation in Iran has resulted in many LGBTI fleeing to Western countries. The Netherlands itself has been host to many Iranian LGBTI people, since it has one of the best frameworks for equal rights worldwide.
Amsterdam Canal Pride Parade 2017 – one of the most famous pride parades in the world – has invited us to show “This is my pride!” The first Iran-boat in any major Pride Parade worldwide. We (the Iranian LGBTI community) are going to come out of the closet, show ourselves in public and prove to all that we are not ashamed of ourselves and we exist even though social traditions and the government of Iran are against us. We stand for our rights, we are what we are and we are proud. Equally important, we are joining the Pride Parade 2017 in support of the millions of LGBTI still facing extreme governmental repression and societal prejudice and our “Loose the Noose” campaign specifically will advocate against capital punishment for LGBTI in Iran.
Iran in Amsterdam Pride Parade which contains multiple events including Iran Boat has been made possible by JoopeA. But JoopeA team would not be able to do this without help of sponsors. Big thanks to all our sponsors and you who are helping us to make this event as best as possible by means of support or donations.
Why “Queer of Iran”?
We believe everything in the world is queer! Yes! We believe in change and fluidity.
“Queer” means odd and unconventional. It was once an insult toward gay people back in 1970 in US. But, LGBTIQ community has given it a new meaning, much broader and important. it’s umbrella statement for sexual minorities communities such as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, intersexuals, etc. toady. Additionally, it is base of Queer Theory which is post-structuralist critical philosophy.
We are Queer of Iran, an odd wonder from Middle East, raised from ashes of violence against us. We are rock and this is our pride!
Why Three Crosses (XXX) as Logo?
Amsterdam has unique way of expressing itself. This city has been famous as “capital of sex & drug” regarding to public. Amsterdam city symbol is three crosses. However, it doesn’t refer to anything related to pornography or sex!
Queer of Persia logo is combination of rainbow (symbol of LGBTIs), Amsterdam symbol and Persian carpet texture which refers to Persian-speaking LGBTI community in the city of Amsterdam Pride Parade.
Participation in Amsterdam Canal Pride Parade is very costly. In short, any participation costs minimum of €17,000. We have covered part of it but there is €9,000 to cover. Click here for more information and track amount of raised fund.
Please join the movement by your donations and help us to create another history for LGBTI.
Here is our bank information if you would prefer to donate via wire transfer:
IBAN: NL90 INGB 0006 6858 71
Account number: 0006 6858 71
Bank: ING Nederland
Post box: 22339
1100 CH Amsterdam
We would update website on the amount we have been collected so far via this link and our newsletters.