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community. It would be safer for this programme to focus on

the transgender community, however, due to the prevalence of

transphobic behaviour in public spaces, special care would have to be taken in order to protect the identities of those involved.

One of our advisers told us that a physical education programme would need to focus on serving a larger goal. Self-defence classes, for example, can boost confidence, but the key is to

empower individuals and raise self-awareness, and this will not happen unless the framework simultaneously reinforces a feeling of belonging and selfhood amongst participants. On the grounds that she remain anonymous, the same adviser said,

a supportive community for young lesbians

// LGBT Iranians are in need of a sense of belonging and

lesbians are particularly excluded from mainstream society.

LGBT rights activist and poet Saghi Ghahraman suggested that a online community for young lesbians could be established in order to encourage them to take part in social activities. A number of small Facebook collectives of lesbian Iranians

have been established over the course of our research, but the platform is not secure enough for their needs and would not

support a larger community without compromising on safety

and security. Our study demonstrated that lesbians are far less visible and less active in the rights campaign than gay and transsexual Iranians.

Although the secure platform discussed in the first recommendation can serve this purpose and would, crucially, facilitate

interaction between all subsets of the LGBT community, Small Media additionally recommends a closed and secure online

training and mentoring platform for Iranian lesbians. This trai-

ning platform would bring together a select group of powerful

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

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