(London – 26 June 2006) To mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, gay campaign groups OutRage! and IDAHO, International Day Against Homophobia, have declared 19 July 2006 an International Day of Action Against Homophobic Persecution in Iran (IDAAHOPI). They are calling for worldwide protests against the “murderous homophobic Iranian regime” and “in commemoration of Asgari and Marhoni, the two gay teenagers executed in the city of Mashhad on 19 July last year.”
To support the Washington DC Iranian LGBT community and in solidarity with others participating in the Global Day of Protest, a Rally will be held at the fountain in Dupont Circle at 5 pm. According to the WDC coordinator, Rob Anderson at rcand@mac , though details are still being ironed out, the Speak Out Rally will feature several speakers and performers. Since LGBT Iranians who live in Iran are no permitted to hold public vigils, many will light candles in their homes in commemoration of the 19 July 2006 Global Day of Protest. In solidarity with LGBT Iranians and their supporters throughout the global community, following the Speak Out Rally at the fountain, a candlelight vigil will be held in Dupont Circle.