IRAN: One of the World's harshest gay laws!

LGBT in Iran

  1. LGBT rights in Iran since the 1930s have come in conflict with the penal code. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or in some cases of sodomy, even execution. Gay men have faced stricter enforcement actions under the law than lesbians. Iran insists that it does not execute people for homosexuality, and that homosexuals who have been executed have either committed rape, murder, or drug trafficking.
    Any type of sexual activity outside a heterosexual marriage is forbidden. Trans sexuality in Iran is legal if accompanied by a sex change operation, with Iran carrying out more sex-change operations than any other country in the world bar Thailand. These surgeries are typically partially funded by the state, with homosexual men being pressured to undergo them both by government and society. Transsexuals still report societal intolerance as in other societies around the world.

  3. Like many gay Iranians, Hamid was pressured by his parents to marry a woman based on prevailing traditions in Iran. But knowing he was a gay man, he and his wife divorced, and he was soon kidnapped by local authorities because of his appearance and beaten half to death in his home.
  4. It was not for certain that these two men were executed for being gay but they were vague about their “crimes” but they called them “immoral villains.” They were hanged for "possible consensual sodomy."
  5. Aside from imprisonment and execution, homosexual Iranians face another threat ... being pressured into having gender reassignment surgery. Both lesbians and gay men are often coerced into undergoing the radical procedure as to "cure" them of their homosexuality, which is outlawed in the Islamic Republic. In Iran the belief is that gay people are "trapped" in the wrong body. Homosexuals are even offered special loans to pay for the surgery, and some family members threaten to murder their gay relatives if they don’t agree to the having the operation.
  6. Pushed to change their gender, Donya's, Soheil's, Arsham Parsi and Marie stories.
  7. "I was under so much pressure that I wanted to change my gender as soon as possible," Living in Iran as an openly gay man or woman is impossible. Donya fled to Turkey with her son from a brief marriage, and then to Canada, where they were granted asylum.
  8. Psychologists suggested gender reassignment to Soheil, a gay Iranian 21-year-old. Then his family put him under immense pressure to go through with it. 'You need to either have your gender changed or we will kill you and will not let you live in this family.'"
  9. Arsham Parsi, who crossed from Iran to Turkey by train in 2005, says that while living in the city of Kayseri, in central Turkey, he was beaten up, and then refused hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder, simply because he was gay. After that he didn't leave his house for two months.
  10. Marie grew up as a boy, Iman, but was confused about her sexuality and was declared by an Iranian doctor to be 98% female. The doctor told me that with the surgery he could change the 2% male features in me to female features, but he could not change the 98% female features to be male,"
  11. Being a Gay in Iran, how does it feel?

  12. A remarkable insight into the lives of two gay Iranian men living in Leeds UK. We follow them as they establish their new lives in the UK and the setting up of a new support group by the two who have become friends since arriving in Bradford. They both fled Iran after after their boyfriends were captured by the authorities, one of whom was tragically executed.
  13. Punishment for mosahegheh (lesbianism) is 100 lashes for all individuals involved but it can lead to the death penalty if the act is repeated four times. Parents have forced their homosexual children to have sex-change operations, local psychologists and psychiatrists who still deem homosexuality as a mental illness have prescribed cures.
  14. Gay :President Iran Ahmadinejad Slams homosexuality CNN's "Piers Morgan" 9-24-2012
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