Leaning back in his black leather desk chair at home in Tehran, he said there were, in fact, plenty of gay men and women in Iran. The difference between their lives and those of gays in Europe and North America is one of recognition and legitimacy. Reza, who shaves his head and often wears an earring in his left ear, has lived in Europe extensively. Gay life in Iran, he said, "is just complicated in the same way that it is for other groups, like workers and feminists, who don't have many rights. Since Ahmadinejad uttered his words at Columbia University last Monday, discussion of homosexuality has been stifled here. Sociologists and other analysts normally willing to discuss such issues on the record with a reporter suddenly were not.
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Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation's Shari'a laws, Pink News is reporting. The news comes just two days ahead of the release of a new report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Iran, which will highlight the problems they face in their own country and when they flee into exile, according to Gay Star News. I usually refer to Iran as 'your country' instead of 'my country' or 'our country. The contributor, identified only as a year-old gay man from Bandar Anzali, a harbor city on the Caspian sea, added, "Words can't describe how important the Internet is for me Because I live in a really small city, where the homosexual community is very secretive. The only way for me is the Internet. In April, The Guardian reported that Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, an influential cleric and an Islamic scholar based in Iran's holy city of Qom, referred to homosexuals as inferior to dogs and pigs in a speech.
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In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who has told you we have that. Well, poor dear Mahmoud couldn't be any more mistaken!
Those who were accused of same-sex intimacy were frequently subjected to summary trials lacking proper evidentiary standards. Those arrested were often subjected to forced anal examinations. In April, 30 men were arrested at a gathering in central Iran, transferred to Dastgerd Prison and charged with sodomy by a local court. It is reported that since at least , there have been a number of state-led raids on private parties followed by mass arrests and detention on suspicion of same-sex sexual acts. Following their arrests, detainees are often forced to reveal the names of other LGBT people.