Equal Love

     Changing Perspectives

on Gender and Sexuality

within the Iranian and Farsi Speaking Diaspora









About the project

In 2015, IWOO’s application for Ontario Trillium Foundation funding on a project titled Changing Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality within the Iranian and Farsi Speaking Diaspora, was accepted. This project aims to address the issue of gender and sexual identity through education and discussions about youth LGBTQI (Lesbian/Gay/Trans/Queer/Intersex) identities within the Iranian and other Farsi speaking communities in the GTA. For people living with LGBTQI identities in the diaspora, it can be difficult to live openly as they run the risk of being ostracized by family, and the community at large. As such, IWOO felt that given its position in the community, and commitment to an anti-oppressive framework, it would be able to work toward filling the existing gap in the community in service provision for LGBTQI youth. 

This project aims to work toward engaging both Iranian and other Farsi speaking youth and the larger Toronto community around issues of gender and sexual identity.  Through community activities, peer led workshops, art exhibitions, film screenings, and LGBTQI community forums, IWOO hopes to develop an inclusive and safe space for LGBTQI youth to engage in.  As well, through this project we hope to cultivate a sense of community, and an understanding that topics of LGBTQI are not disconnected from other social categories, and affect all of us, in one way or another. 

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Educational Workshops

  • Rebuilding healthy relationship and avoiding unhealthy relationship
  • Looking at gender & sexual identity in Farsi speaking communities
  • Gender based Violence Prevention in the TDSB
  • Migration and Identity
  • Legal, Employment & Resume workshops
  • Anti Oppression Training
  • Positive Space Training

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Translation Team

Based on the great number of Farsi speaking LGBTQ refugees and immigrants in GTA and their essential   need to interpreter we are training a group of volunteers with an anti-oppression and anti-homophobe framework to help these individuals in their settlement process.

Translation Team

Translation Team


Art Exhibition

In partnership with our LGBTQ artists we will hold several art exhibitions in Toronto. In this project we show case paintings, photographs and other forms of arts.

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Video Project

The aim of this project is to create more accessible ways to educate the community. Creating videos and animations related to LGBTQ themes is a major part of this project.


Support Meeting for Parents and Allies

These sessions are for addressing the concerns of parents and friends of LGBTQ individuals and also answering questions related to queer community. The goal is to create a community of support which can be suggested to other people in need.

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Story Project

These sessions are for addressing the concerns of parents and friends of LGBTQ individuals and also answering questions related to queer community. The goal is to create a community of support which can be suggested to other people in need.

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