JQ Persian Pride Programing

JQ Persian Pride Programing engages, educates, and empowers individuals in the Iranian community around LGBTQ+ issues. Though historically families and friends have been either hostile or indifferent with few positive coming out stories, the narrative of LGBTQ+ Iranians has been evolving positively over the last decade and especially in the last several years.

Since 2016, JQ’s groundbreaking events, panels, and now first-ever Persian Pride Fellowship have changed our community’s trajectory, envisioning a world where LGBTQ+ Iranians have a safe space in the community to be fully and authentically embraced.

To volunteer, join, or support our movement, please email PersianPride@JQInternational.org!

For anyone seeking immediate, free, and confidential support, whether LGBTQ+, ally, or otherwise, please call the JQ Helpline 1-855-JQI-HLPS // 1-855-574-4577.

For parents in Los Angeles seeking a confidential Persian parents of LGBTQ+ support group, please see the We Do Care Support Group Page.

Happening Now:

Applications for Cohort 2 of the Persian Pride Fellowship will be available starting in September 2018.
For more information please email PersianPride@JQInternational.org.

March is Persian Pride Month at JQ International

The first of its kind worldwide, JQ’s Annual Persian Pride Month kicked-off in March 2016 and started with the historic “Out of Iran and Out of the Closet” Panel, co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. It marked the first time a sitting US city government publicly opened up to LGBTQ+ Persian issues and continued the following year with the City of Los Angeles. Other events have included three years of celebrating the Persian New Year (Norooz), shabbat dinners, support groups, and and other dynamic programs.

Join us on Thursday March 29th for our next panel:

LGBTQ+ Persian Pride: Advocacy in Action


Persian Programing is one of JQ’s most inclusive initiatives: multi-generational (young adults, parents, and even grandparents are welcome!), non-denominational (Iranians of the Muslim and Bahai faith recognize JQ as a uniquely safe space where few others exist for them), all individuals of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and especially welcome to Iranian community allies!


Why It’s Important
Torn between progressive American values and the tightly conservative principles that guided life in Iran, Persians and first-generation Persian-Americans have long felt a strong resistance to cultural change, notably so on the topic of LGBTQ identity. As the United States has moved toward greater inclusion through the legalization of same-sex marriage, and while the broader American community has worked towards greater awareness and inclusion of their LGBTQ members, the Persian community has, until very recently, fiercely resisted. The JQ Persian Pride Fellowship is one initiative that will dynamically change this narrative in Los Angeles and beyond, for present and future generations.

What We Are Building
A 9-month leadership development fellowship for LGBTQ & ally Persians to gain the skills, resources, knowledge, leadership, and inspiration with which to directly impact LGBTQ inclusion, education, and equality in the Persian community at large. The fellowship will include 6-months of hands-on experiential learning with a variety of educators ranging in expertise from queer history to community organizing, and leadership to effective activism and advocacy. After an initial half-year of learning, each fellow will be expected to build out a project, event, or offering that is inspired by their fellowship experience and that helps develop education, greater awareness, acceptance, and/or appreciation for LGBTQ Persian individuals and community.