For many years, JoopeA Foundation was the solo sponsor & organizer of participation of Iranian & Persian-speaking people in Queer Pride Parades -or as we call it Iran Pride- around the world.
The Iran Pride project was at heart of JoopeA’s activities since 2009 where our team organized the first ever pride parade in Tehran in 2010 under the name of the Iran Pride Day. Yes, it might be unbelievable, but we did it.
Iran Pride has grown so much since. And now we are proud to announce that in a joint effort of four Queer organizations, Iran Pride has become an entity itself under the official name of the Pride Commission of Iran.
Iran Queer & Queer Kadeh from Canada & Azad Queer from the Netherlands joined hands with JoopeA to make Iran Pride an internationally recognizable brand in the field of Queer Rights & equality.
Let’s celebrate this new dawn of visibility for Iranian & Persian-speaking gays, lesbians, transgender & Intersex people & all queers.
Raham Rafice is the founder of JoopeA Foundation, this very NGO that focuses on minorities issues inside Iran while also engaging in civil society activities on behalf of gender minorities within immigrant communities in Amsterdam.
Mr. Rafice promotes awareness and dialogue within the primarily Middle Eastern immigrant communities in the Netherlands, where acceptance of gender minorities is limited and a source of high-profile political debate. As part of these efforts, Mr. Rafice and JoopeA organized the first participation of Iranian Queers in Parade in Tehran back in 2010 & the first Iran Group in Amsterdam Pride Parade after.
He is enthusiastic computer programmer in many related fields. In Addition, he works in IT & Tech field.
JoopeA foundation has been registered under his name as chairman of board in Oct 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
To be in touch with him you can follow his Twitter or Facebook account or send email to rafiee [at] joopea [dot] com