May 242012
Iranian gays

Iranian homosexuals from all over the world are taking part in an online campaign in defiance of a regime that criminalizes homosexuality. Their slogan: “We are everywhere”. Despite President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claiming in New York in 2007, that there were no homosexuals in Iran, over 1 900 web users have joined this page which encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Iranians to share their personal stories.

Some, like Farnaz or Iman are showing their faces, whilst others are not revealing their identity. In Iran, homosexuality is punishable by death.

A man going under the name of Mehdi says he is always pretending to be someone he is not, and always has to hide part of himself from others … like he is doing in this video.

This other web user has written a message on a roll of kitchen towel which he unravels in front of the camera. He says he has had to leave his family and seek refuge in Turkey, which is now home to many Iranian gay asylum seekers who have fled the anti-gay repression in Iran.

The NGO “Iran Human Rights” has claimed that three people were recently hanged in Iran, convicted of sodomy. The organization adds that the Iranian authorities rarely admit to executing people for taking part in gay sex, and normally present such cases as rape.

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