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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
When Shadi Amin was growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, she began experiencing sexual feelings toward other girls. “I thought there was something wrong with me,” she says. “I thought, maybe I should change something.” By “something,” Amin was referring not to her identity or lifestyle, but to her gender. “If I was that young girl living in Iran today, I would have considered having a sex change operation,” even though she has never identified with being male.
Women in Iran may not be allowed to attend football matches between male sides for religious reasons, but the beautiful game is popular among the Islamic republic's female population. Players in Iran's burgeoning professional women's football league will now be subjected to mandatory gender tests, after it has been revealed that four national team players were found guilty of not being women. >>>
Mohammad Saberi, the head of the Tehran Department of Forensic Psychiatry, has reported that there are eight times as many male-to-female sex change operations in Iran as there are female-to-male operations.
The man charges if he returns to Iran he will be persecuted because of his sexuality. A High Court judge has ruled that a 36-year-old gay Iranian man can have his application for asylum reconsidered. The man, who arrived in Ireland in 2007, claims he was raped by the son of an Iranian state police colonel. >>>
On the night of October 9 (17 Mehr 1392), the Nabi Akram (Prophet’s) Corps — part of the Revolutionary Guards – raided a birthday party at a community hall in Kermanshah, in western Iran. The website of the city’s basij (religious police) reported it the next day. It said a “network” of “several dozen” people engaged in homosexuality (the derogatory term used was hamjensbaz) and Satan-worshipping (Shaitan parasti) was broken up. >>>
Many other countries, from Iran to Cameroon, have harsh anti-gay laws. Under the penal code of the Islamic Republic of Iran adopted after the 1979 revolution, death is a potential punishment for homosexuality. Kissing another man or woman in public may result in 60 lashes. >>>
Although Iran is considered to be one of the most dangerous places in the world to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) — the criminalization of same-sex acts puts homosexuals in a tremendously perilous situation and can result in execution — it is legal to change genders in the country. >>>
LGBT Iranians comment on today's election but with real power held by a religious and military elite and no candidates interested in easing the persecution they face, they say it can only get worse, not better.
When someone mentions Iran, what images leap into your mind? Ayatollahs, religious fanaticism, veiled women? How about sexual revolution? That's right. Over the last 30 years, as the mainstream Western media has been preoccupied with the radical policies of the Islamic Republic, the country has undergone a fundamental social and cultural transformation. While not necessarily positive or negative, Iran's sexual revolution is
certainly unprecedented. >>>
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. >>>