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Iranian LGBTs flee persecution via underground railroad
Emergency: Need support for gay activist from Iran

in IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF, 21/05/2013

An emergency situation arose for which we need support to save individual gay activists. Iranian LGBTs flee persecution via underground railroad

It’s a humid summer night in Kayseri. Several  busloads of Iranians trundle through the dusk. Grandparents, toddlers,  thirty-somethings and gangly teenage couples stand in the aisles, sit on  laps. All are refugees.

The caravan stops in front a nondescript high-rise with a small disco  on the ground floor. Tobacco water pipes coil in wait on the terrace as  DJs set up inside.

Nasrin Sabokpa, a 26-year-old lesbian, is here with her mom and two gay  friends. Sabokpa and her friends are several of the hundreds of lesbian,  gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees that have left Iran with  help from an “underground railroad” spanning from Iran to Turkey and  then across the globe, from Canada and the United States to Europe and  Australia. For now, they’re registered with the United Nations High  Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ankara, and waiting. Waiting for  the next move, the next life, a fresh start.

To read the full story please visit the IRQR website at www.irqr.ca

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