This year too, the Iranian boat joins in. Last year it was taken out of the parade prematurely, as the captain could not guarantee safety, because of the number of people on board. So the Iranian boat officially takes part in the boat parade for the first time, and has the largest number of Iranians participating in all Pride parades in the world. Iranian LGBTI face many problems from their families and the Iranian government, even outside of the country. Some participants will wear a mask because they still experience the fear, threats and hatred. But they stand up for their rights, believe in change and the power of solidarity and hope. They are here to announce that we deserve dignity and freedom like any human being, not punishment for who we are. They are not waiting for that ideal day, but they’re fighting to make it happen.

Photo Iraanse Boot 2017