Exiled Iranian crown prince awarded US LGBTQ+ award for speaking up for Iran’s queer community

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11/27/2023

The Iranian LGBTQ+ community has long been kept invisible by mainstream overseas Iranian opposition, but a US LGBTQ+ award to exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi seems to signify changes in attitudes and is bringing hope to Iran’s queer community. Crown Prince Pahlavi was born in Iran and remained in the US, where he was trained as an air pilot after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He is the founder and leader of the US-based National Council of Iran, one of many exiled Iranian opposition groups, and a vocal critic of Iran’s Islamic Republic government. On November 11, leaders of the national Log Cabin Republicans presented him with the 2023 Outspoken Award at the Spirit of Lincoln gala. This award recognizes his lifelong dedication to the pursuit of a free and democratic Iran. The Republican organization represents LGBTQ+ conservatives and their allies in the US.

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