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Traveled to IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF with a partner? Did your hotel or guesthouse react to your sexual orientation?
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It was not an issue at the hotel
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If you are used to working in a team and looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity with a community-based LGBTQ refugee support organization, the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees's Board of Directors is currently seeking new Board Members. >>>
The campaign 'Kurd Men for Equality' is a response to an Iranian court's sentence for a man found guilty in a domestic dispute. On April 15, Iranian police paraded Saman Rasoulpour, a man found guilty in a domestic dispute, through the northwestern city of Marivan dressed in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing. That walk was his punishment.
Before making the film, its producer Fereshteh Taerpour said she did not even know the fatwa existed. "At the beginning, it was very strange for me to find out that sex-change operation is permitted in Iran," she told the Guardian. "The authorities give loans and even issue new ID cards after the surgery, something that is not legal in many countries."
This month, Irans universities became even more restrictive. Women studying at Arak University are now banned from studying computer science and chemical engineering, while Esfahan University forbids women from majoring in political science, accounting, and mechanical engineering.
In New York to attend the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad said that just because some countries support homosexuality that does mean his criticism of it means he is denying people's freedom. He ridiculed politicians and parties who, he said, approve of gays and lesbians just to win "four or five additional votes". >>>
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits down with Piers Morgan for an exclusive hour-long interview that airs on the backdrop of this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting. As part of a conversation that covers everything from politics to love, and Israel to Libya, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host also inquires about social issues, including homosexuality.
Supporting homosexuality is the stuff of hardline capitalists who do not care about real human values, Iran's president said. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview on CNN that homosexuality is a "very ugly behavior" that he said was banned by "all prophets and all religions and all faiths."
They may be a far cry from their Western counterparts fighting for the acceptance to breast-feed -- or go topless -- in public, but two girls clobbered a cleric recently in a small town in Iran when he admonished one of them to cover herself more completely.
The cleric said he asked "politely," but the girl's angry reaction and some pugilistic double-teaming with her friend landed the holy man in the hospital, according to an account Monday in the semiofficial Mehr News Agency.
To coincide with IDAHO Day 2012, Small Media launched "LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality", a report on LGBT media use inside Iran, in partnership with the Peter Tatchell Foundation at Amnesty International's Human Rights Action Center in London. >>>
The lifestyles of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iran are comprehensively and systematically denied by the Islamic regime, which exposes them to horrific punishment, bullying and risk of suicide, a study has found. >>>
The United Nations renewed the mandate of its human rights investigator for Iran on Thursday, but Russia and China voted against the resolution that expressed "serious concerns" about a country said to have the highest per capita execution rate in the world.
In a March 17 speech that was reported by the semi-official FarsNews, Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) dismissed the Western criticism of Iran's human rights record and said, "One of the human rights violations that Iran is accused of is thecriminalization of homosexuality... Homosexuality is animalistic and we haveno place for it in our value system. We are not ashamed of rejecting
homosexuality nor are we bashful of stating that our value system is notcompatible with this animalistic behavior."
Saghi Ghahraman is an Iranian lesbian poet and gay rights activist who lives in Toronto. Born in 1957 in the holy city of Mashhad, she studied classic and contemporary Persian literature at Azarabadegan University in Tabriz. She left Iran in 1982 after attacks on the women's organization she worked at, and was a refugee in Turkey until 1987 when she emigrated to Canada. Ghahraman recently spoke about what life was like for her growing up as a lesbian during the Shah's regime and just after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The U.N. Human Rights Committee has called on Iran to immediately address the long-standing, grave human rights violations it has committed against LGBT people and to finally recognize that human rights are for everyone, everywhere. >>>
Under the Islamic Penal Code of Iran, sexual activity between people of the same gender is a crime punishable by death. Human rights obligations are defined by UN treaties that States themselves ratify, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This treaty has been ratified by 167 states around the world, including Iran. >>>
National Screening of a new comedy featuring two top-selling Iranian actors has caused widespread controversy after one of the most influential Iranian clergymen ripped the movie for "promoting Hollywood-style homosexuality". >>>
Hossein Alizadeh, IGLHRC Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator issues a statement on the Concluding Observations from the 3rd UN Human Rights Committee periodic review of the Islamic Republic of Iran. >>>
The United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking report that puts LGBT human rights abuses in Iran in the spotlight for the first time and recommends that the government make changes. >>>