6Rang (The Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network) was established following the first Iranian lesbian and transgender gathering held in 2010. Its network and contacts span across more than 200 LGBTI individuals, the majority of whom are based in Iran. 6Rang is a member of International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).
6Rang networkers also include Iranians in Turkey as well as other countries. Its mission is to raise awareness on sexual rights, and eradicate homophobia, transphobia, and violence against lesbian and transgender people in particular, as well as the LGBTI community in general. 6Rang highlights the fact that, due to the Islamic Republic’s discriminatory gender-based laws and codes favoring heterosexual males above others, as well as the patriarchal power structure rooted in Iranian culture, lesbian and transgender citizens are the most marginalized within an already marginalized segment of Iran’s population.
The key strategies that 6Rang uses to achieve its mission are:
- Strengthening the capacity of its members in order to empower them to challenge homophobia and transphobia;
- Providing online counselling to LGBTI individuals, particularly lesbian and transgender Iranians;
- Advocacy and media work regarding LGBTI rights based on research-for-action and documentation in order to raise awareness inside Iran about sexual orientation, gender identity, and diversity.