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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF...
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Googoosh (user currently living in GERMANY) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 22/02/2014 tagged with human rights +5
Hello ... I'm from Iran .. As we know homosexuality is illegal in Iran and is punished very hard.For the first time in Iran's history the famous Iranian singer "Googoosh"singing in her new album about free love for all and in the background you will see a film about two lesbiens wich loves eachother...It is the first person ever in the iranien history who dares in a video fighting against homophobia.You can watch her new song "Behesht"named paradis on youtube.I really hope that she will get a price for her power and her mission for iranien homosexuals.
Greetings from Berlin
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Raha (user currently living in IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 16/02/2013 tagged with gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation +5
the story i am going to say is related to three years ago on the 3rd Friday of July (23rd July 2010) in Iran.
It was long before that, that my friends and I had conversation on how we can have a National LGBT day in Iran while it is quit dangerous and riskful. we planed to announce a day for this (which is 3rd friday of July and its celebrated 3 times now). we had an small party in a friends apartment full of rainbow stuff that we created ourselves and we published the news and anonymous pictures on the net after.
you can see some of the pictures of it here: http://chrr.biz/spip.php?article10324
although we faced lots of risks after and some of us was blackmailed but it was a hopeful story that i liked to say which can be a hope among all dark story from the country i live in.
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(user currently living in DENMARK) posted for lesbian readers on 14/03/2011 tagged with sexual orientation +5
am marryanne,a lesbian from nairobi,kenya, but i have similar case. i have lived in fear of being forced to marry my uncle in attemt to get"cured" my uncle whoz rich and porpular among my family members despite having a wife, he asked to help cure me by having sex with me. due to respect the family members have for him, they agreed, they even said its ok if he wants to marry me..its like am a bag of potatoes thats being disposed of.i was taken to his house, that fateful nite when i lost my virginity to the wrong person.. he raped me every nite and i would cry hoping one day i would get an oppotunity to run away tho i dnt have money..after 2 months i got pregnant and when i confronted him, he abused me, kept hiting me on the stomach till i started bleeding. he called in his doctor and they forced me to abort my baby...i cried on unending days and finally decided to run away frm his home,i first went to the police to report, but the police on duty questioned me and i told my story, he then said. if am wise i should keep quite beause the case would provoke the police to punish me and not the abuser..further more that is family business...its been hard,i have had problems becouse of my sexuality ever since but love and hopes helps me face each day.. currently am in denmark.
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Shervin Paka (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 31/01/2011 tagged with religion +4

For the first time ever, an Iranian Artist has shown his support for the gay and lesbian community.

His message is that love knows no limits/gender/religion. Not only has
he included actual Gays and lesbians (not actors in his video) he also
included the three major religions
Christians, Judaism, and Islam) in his music video. Please help us in
spreading this message in any way you can.

Please follow the link below




We appreciate your support.

With regards,

Sherfa Music

Public relations
Saman Ansari
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Gregh (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers in response to this story on 13/03/2010 +5
I am posting this to show support for you and others who are dealing with these issues. I was born in the U.S., but believe I lived in Iran in a former life. I totally applaud your efforts for this purpose. I am saddened by all the prejudice and ridicule, the hate, the isolation, and any aspect that disallowed you and those alike the human right of free spirit wherever you have lived or traveled. I wish you the utmost in your endeavors with this project. It would be a joy to meet an Iranian guy guy of the same sexual orientation as I. That would be a nice dream come true. I believe your dream will come true. Keep up the tremendous work you are putting in, and it will eventually reap its overdue rewards. With much love for your efforts...Great Job!
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