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Have people in IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF assumed your HIV/AIDS status because of your sexual orientation?
Yes, people think I have AIDS because I am gay
Yes, the government thinks sexual orientation and HIV or AIDS status is the same
Scott Long's paper (Routledge 2009) provides insights on Western reading or misreading of sexuality in Iran. He focused on the cases of state-defined crimes relating to same-sex behaviour in Iran. Scott Long was the director of LGBT Rights Program of Human Rights Watch. >>>
Iran’s judiciary have executed three men for sodomy in a case that sheds new light on the official persecution of gay men and women in the authoritarian Islamic Republic. According to a news report carried by the Iranian Student News Agency, the men were put to death by hanging on Sunday morning at Karoun prison in the south western city of Ahvaz. The agency quoted Abdolhamid Amanat, an official at the prosecutor office in Khuzestan Province, as the source of the announcement. >>>
Some degree of safety is something most gay people in Canada take for granted every day. For Amir and Ahmad, however, it’s a recently acquired gift. After facing death threats from family members because of their sexuality, in a country where homosexuality can be a capital crime, the couple fled Iran to find safety in Toronto’s gay village earlier this spring. In 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of Columbia University students that homosexuality does not exist in Iran.
(Elahe Amani) - On May 17th, 1990 the World Health Organization’s made a decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. Since then, each year May 17th is considered
the International Day against Homophobia. This year organizations and communities in more than 70 countries of the world will focus on education and outreach against homophobia and transphobia. >>>
A report on the Global Network of Iranian Women says that the Iranian “Rainbow Community” distributed leaflets about homophobia 17 May in Tehran and other cities in Iran. The report carries the text of the leaflets which say that 'homophobia is treatable' but people are born homosexual. It said that homosexuals are not pedophiles. It also says that homosexuals 'have no desire to change their gender' - many gay men have been forced to do this in Iran, which funds sex-reassignment surgery. >>>
Turkish LGBT group Kaos reports that a group of Iranian LGBT asylum-seekers took part in the fourth March against Homophobia and Transphobia, held 22 May in Ankara. Amongst their slogans: "Ahmadinejad, we're here!"; and "Iranian queers will not keep silent anymore!"; They are not allowed to live in Ankara so a shuttle bus was organised from the town of Kayseri to facilitate their participation in the March. It is the first time that LGBT Iranians have participated in a Turkish gay pride march. >>>
When my father died, I went only to the first day of the funeral. It was not that I didn’t grieve. No matter how difficult our relationship had been, no matter how many times he yelled at or slapped me, no matter how much I disappointed him because I would never be the son he wanted, he was still my father. I wanted to be there to show my respect, but I could only stomach the dirty looks of my relatives for so long. They didn’t want me to be there.
Farrok was raped by members of the Basij, the Iranian paramilitary, after they accosted him for sticking posters for the political opposition. Fearing further persecution, Farrok has fled to Turkey. >>>
The Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) recently received reports from Iran regarding three more possible death sentences for homosexuality, one man receiving 74 lashes for his homosexual act and the murder of a 23
year old bisexual man by the Iranian security forces. >>>
Iran's Semi Official Fars News Agency published an interview with Dr. Minoo Moharez, the chair of the HIV/AIDS Research Department at the Iran's Ministry of Health about the alarming rate of sexually transmitted HIV cases in Iran. >>>
"On 8 May 2010, the Revolutionary Court in Iran sentenced Ms. Abbasgholizadeh, 52, to two and a half (21/2) years in jail and thirty (30) lashes for ‘acts against national security through conspiracy and collusion intended to disrupt public security, disturbing public order and defiance against government officers'...WLUML and the SKSW consider the sentencing of Ms. Abbasgholizadeh to 2 ½ years imprisonment to be harsh and the punishment by lashing to be cruel and degrading... >>>