Who We Are

Board of Directors

  • Saghi Ghahraman

    Poet and fiction writer with five titles published by Afra Publications, zhe is also Sexual and Gender Rights activist, co-founder of the Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO), founder of Gilgamishan E-book publishing focused on Farsi LGBTI and Queer Literature. As PEN Canada Writer-in-Exile, initiated and moderated PEN's Writer's In Exile Club for over two years, sat among Descant's guest editing body, was Writer in Residence at the  Owen Sound & Grey County library. In 2007, zhe brought down Shargh, Iran's largest reformist newspaper, using only zher name.

  • Amir Sasan Ghahraman

    Iranian Canadian novelist, journalist, photographer, is founder of Afra Publications, Chief editor of Spediar bi-monthly & weekly magazine, co-founder of Iranian Canadian Writers Association, a keen supporter of LGBTI human rights. He sits at IRQO board of directors.

  • Omid Parsa

    He holds a Degree in Nutrition Science, held senior managerial positions back in Iran. Joined IRQO on 2013, took over editorial responsibilities for IRQO and Gilgamishan publications websites. His efforts focused on organizational structures and capacity development, thus on 2015, under his leadership, the board moved towards improving and enriching Farsi material on SOGI Rights [and Responsibilities] He sits at the board of IRQO.

  • Hudad Tollui

    He is a psycologist with years of experience in clinical therapy before fleeing the country, and is working towards his doctorate in Clinical Psycology in USA. He is an avid Gay Rights Activist and believes educating the LGBTI community members and their familes is the way to attain human and civil rights for LGBTI, paving the way to decriminalizing of homosexuality in Islamic Republic of Iran. Tavana and IRQO’s 5 educational webinars are prepared and performed by Hudad Torloui.  He sits at the board of IRQO.

Honorary Board Member

  • Hossein Alizadeh

    He has been the strong and much respected voice  for Iran’s LGBTI Human Rights in the last decade within international Rights institutions. Based on his extensive knowledge and experience in grassroots organizing, human rights documenting, political research, sexual rights and gender equality advocacy, refugee assistance, media outreach, and safety and security training, he has been a positive and impressive influence. He formerly served as the Regional Program Coordinator for Middle east and North Africa at OutReach Action International. He has M.A. in International Relations from National University of Tehran, Iran, and an M.A in International Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame.