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GLN ANNUAL MATTHEW SHEPARD MARCH NEWS

October 7th Shepard March To Feature LGBT Iranian Leader

**Solidarity Reception the Night Before**

In addition to noted WVON-AM host and civil rights advocate Cliff Kelley, this year's Matthew Shepard March for LGBT Freedom will feature Mr. Sam Kosha, a board member of the Persian Gay & Lesbian Organization (PGLO) from Toronto.

LGBT people in Iran face severe repression, including death, for being who they are. PGLO has courageously spoken out for the rights of gay people in Iran, while at the same time opposing calls for military attacks on his country, recognizing that such attacks would do nothing to help Iranian LGBT people, and in fact have proven to be a complete disaster for all people, gay and straight, in Iraq.

In addition to his address to the Saturday, October 7th Matthew Shepard March (8 PM sharp, corner of Halsted & Roscoe, Chicago), Mr. Kosha will be giving remarks at a special fundraising reception the night before, with all proceeds to benefit PGLO in its work fighting for the rights of LGBT people in Iran.

The reception will be 7 to 9 PM, Friday, October 6th at the Gerber Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville Street, Chicago (1/2 block east of the "Granville" stop on the Red Line "el"). Suggested donation is $10 - $25 (more if you can!). Besides featuring remarks by Mr. Kosha, the reception will include light refreshments plus an audio visual presentation about the repression of LGBT people around the world.

Please RSVP for the Friday, October 6th reception by emailing LGBTliberation@aol.com or calling 773.878.3697.

Thank you!


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