To be LGBTQ+ in Iran is to fear for your life.

Few people know this better than International Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) founder, Arsham Parsi. In our latest film, Parsi and 3 other Iranian refugees reflect on their traumatizing past, their new life abroad, and their hope for the future.

The International Railroad for Queer Refugees provides assistance and protection to LGBTQ individuals facing oppression in Middle Eastern countries and beyond. In fact in 2019, homosexuality was illegal in 37 percent of the world’s countries. Further it is punishable by death in 13 countries. Overall IRQR has helped more than 2,500 LGBTQ refugees navigate immigration systems and get to countries where they are safe and free to express their sexuality.

Watch Love Crime, the story of IRQR, and share with others to spread awareness.

Visit to learn more or check out an interview with our storyteller, Bethany Teague, for an inside look of the film making process.

Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Love Crime

 Shared at a Toronto LGBTQ+ Festival and now to the public.