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Jun 24, 2008 News: Arsham Parsi discusses sexuality, politics and refugees in SF
By Danny Sonnenschein

(USA) - As part of Bibi's outreach to our communities, Bibi|SF will be hosting talks on various issues affecting queer South West Asian, North Africans (aka Middle-Easterners). Its first engagement is with Arsham Parsi of the IRanian Queer Organization on Thursday, June 26 at the SF LGBT Center.

"This is Arsham Parsi, board member of IRanian Queer Organization. I should thank you Bibi for supporting us for San Francisco event. The IRanian Queer Organization (IRQO) takes full responsibility for the accuracy and credibility of this information. Today, IRQO is the only active NGO that works on behalf of the Iranian queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) population around the world." "It documents human rights violations, provides letters of support for Iranian queer asylum seekers and refugees, and supports anti-homophobia efforts. Its documentation is widely respected for its accuracy and credibility. IRQO is registered in Ontario, Canada and is an official member of the following organizations: The Brussels-based International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the Stockholm-based International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network (ILGCN), the Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad group, and the Berlin-based Advisory Committee of the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation for LGBT Human Rights," said Arsham in an email. IRQO is an international, non-profit, queer human rights organization based in Toronto, Canada with key workers in Europe and Iran. The organization helps Iranian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender refugees all over the world. They help when Iranian Lesbians or Gay men are threatened with deportation back to Iran. They also help Iranian LGBTs obtain asylum in friendly countries. Following Arsham's talk, there will be presentation of the CBC documentary "Out in Iran," and a Q&A session. San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Thursday, June 26, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Bibi is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee and recognized as a San Francisco Pride Official Event. Bibi will be hosting its One Year Anniversary & SF Pride Celebration on Friday, June 27.

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