IDAHOT 2016 was a Day to Remember in Stockholm!

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Our IDAHOT 2016 event was a huge success. Dharma & Martia together with Amnesty International - Stockholm Chapter HBTQ group made history on May 17th by bringing together many organizations, activists as well as politicians.


The event started by Make Out! Make Change! in Sergels Torg when many gathered and showed their solidarity with LGBTQI persons around the world by kissing a same-sex parrner or any combination of sexual orientation and gender identities in suppory for love.


The event was closely supervised by Amnesty International, the police as well as RFSL Stockholm to ensure security of participants. To ensure everyone can have the possibility to have someone to share effection with, a match up station was planned for those who did not come along with thier same-sex partner.


The crowd then walked hand-in-hand towards RFSL house where the seminars, talks, mingle, dance and an art exhibition was planned.ur

Nadia Zabehi, Dharma & Martia coordinator, holding rainbow flag while moderating the event and providing live webcast. Photo: Charlie Olofsson, Amnesty Press.

The event at RFSL house was very well received by a large number of audiance. The session started by the opening speech provided by Andrés Esteche, President of RFSL Stockholm, followed by remarks by Magnus Kolsjö Vice President of RFSL national. In their remarks, the event and its importance was emphasized.


Following the opening speech, US Ambassedor to Sweden, Ms. Azita Raji made some heart warming remarks on how United States is committed to support LGBTQI rights domestically and internationally.


The event was full of valuable discussions and debates by the presenters as well as the audiance. Many organizations supported this event by either presenting a talk or seminar or by participation. Among them, Lesbik Kraft, Transammans, Amnesty Choir, LGBTQI asylum seekers from Uganda and Iran, ot name a few.


The event was closed by a fantastic dance performance and mingle.


Watch the video of the Make Out! Make Change below.




US ambassador to Sweden, Ms. Azita Raji providing her remarks to the audiance. Photo by Charlie Olofsson, Amnesty Press.

Solidarity with Orlando Victims in Stockholm

Support Program of Dharma and Martia, (subdivision of RFSL in Stockholm Sweden) for The Orlando victims.


This Program was held in Segels Torg in Stockholm Sweden on 14th of July.

The Swedish Prime Minister, officials of US embassy in Sweden as well as and RSFL president condemned the brutal attack at Orlando’s Pulse Gay nightclub.


Despite all years of working on LGBT rights and fight against homophobia globally, we still face such tragic events


The purpose of these events by The Dharma And Martia group was to convey a powerful message to all communities that LGBT rights are human rights which means all individuals should be granted with their basic rights, and not be subjected to threats and coercion and Lawlessness.


Love is the only request of any human beings that he or she should have the ability to express or show it to anyone without fear or suffocation.


LGBT people in Iran and the Middle East as well as the LGBT people all over the world stand with the survivors and the families of Orlando’s victims

and struggle for freedom and equality.


We demand equal rights for LGBTI persons, right to live and right to love.

In current world there is no place for discrimination, prejudice and violence against LGBT community and Iranian LGBTI beside LGBT people all over the world will continue fighting discrimination, prejudice and violence.


After the speech by Swedish Prime Minister, the last message was stated in public by Director of Dharma and Martya Mrs. Nadia Zabehi in English. She as well, condomned this horrific attack and ended her remark by the peom of Saadi:


Human beings are members of a whole,

In creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain, The name of human you cannot retain.

To watch the moments of this superb event click below:

Rainbow Nowrouz Celebration @ RFSL Stockholm

Dharma & Martia @ RFSL Stockholm held the first ever Rainbow Nowrooz celebration at RFSL house. Many LGBTQI persons from Middle East attended this event.


The event was supported by RFSL Stockhlm board and board members of other organizations. Representatives of embassies and other officials briefly attended the event.


The joyful rainbow Nowrooz celebration was accompanied by live music and performances by different LGBTQI artisis, as well as toasts, remarks and of course, dance and persian food and pastries.


The celebration brough 7 sin to a community who mostly have left their home and family, hence should have celebrated Nowrooz alone otherwise.


Dharma & Martia was praised by RFSL Stockholm board for this initiative and invited to take this event on annual basis in the future.




Dharma & Martia is a network that supports LGBTQI rights in Middle East.


We work locally within Sweden and internationally to provide what it takes to impact lives of LGBTQI persons from Middle East, either in their home country or on the flee, or upon arrival to the third country.


We collect reports of violations of human rights of LGBTQI persons in Middle East in any stage of their lives they may be in collaboration with our friend organizations and groups.


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