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Facebook group: Goftegooye Khodemooni

// We encouraged our group members to share only as much

information as they felt comfortable sharing. In addition, we

designed a document that explained who we were, the goals of our research, and advised our participants that while we would be using their quotes in our publication, we would ensure that

their anonymity was maintained. Group members participated to varying degrees. In some cases, members simply lurked in

the background, liking intermittent updates, but generally re-

maining quiet. Others were more active. It was clear that those who were active in the group tended to be the ones who were more active and visible in the wider LGBT community as well.

// The names used below are pseudonyms and any identify-

ing information has been altered to protect the privacy of the

participants in our research. Before analysing some of the main discussion points broached by the group, we allow a cross-

section of the group members to introduce themselves in the text below.

It is of note that no transgender Iranians took part in our dis-

cussions on Facebook. As mentioned, Iran’s LGBT community is

very segregated. Although we spoke with transgender Iranians

while conducting our questionnaires and surveys, the Facebook group was comprised primarily of gay men and a few lesbian women. Under the categories below, we introduce the group members who actively took part in our research.

As each member joined the group, we requested that they int-

roduce themselves to the other group members. Here they introduce themselves in their own words. Not everyone took part

in the introductory exercise, but the personal statements below accurately represent a cross-section of our group members.

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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