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New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

IGLHRC's Persian-language website
IGLHRC’s Persian-language website

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran.

The goal is to support:

  • Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  improve the lives of LGBT Iranians and other marginalised groups there.
  •  Building new or strengthening existing capacities within the Iranian LGBT community.
  •  Developing leadership skills among LGBT activists.Developing leadership skills among LGBT activists.
  • Creating resources for LGBT Iranians.
  • Devising new ways to mainstream LGBT rights issues within the Iranian society.

Applications for funding are invited from all interested individuals, regardless of their nationality, residency status, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Applicants can each apply for up to U.S. $3,000 funding for their projects.

Proposals’ activities and objectives should directly benefit the Iranian LGBT community, especially members of  marginalized groups within the Iranian LGBT community. IGLHRC strongly encourages marginalized members of the community, (lesbians, and transgender individuals, LGBT people with disabilities, and LGBT Iranians from ethnic or religious minority groups) to apply. IGLHRC is seeking proposals aimed at providing services and resources to LGBT Iranians, regardless of their geographical locations.

The new  fund is part of  IGLHRC’s recent focus on Iran, which has included a series of LGBT-related publications in Persian and a Persian-language website.

The deadline for the submission of applications is Nov. 30.

For more information, and to receive the application form, contact

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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