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LGBTI Rights in Iran


ADDED ON: 09/02/2021

Banned and blocked: LGBT+ websites censored from Russia to Indonesia

When Russian cities started banning Pride marches, LGBT+ rights activist Mikhail Tumasov took to the internet to make sure his organisation kept its voice. But state authorities were quick to catch up.…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2021

Iran president Raisi said homosexuality is ‘nothing but savagery’

The US-based Center for Human Rights in Iran noted in its Tuesday published fact sheet that "Iranian government officials engage in hate speech against the LGBTQ community, which encourages state and societal…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2021

Iran’s new government leaves country’s LGBTQ community hopeless

TEHRAN, Iran — Ebrahim Raisi took over the presidency of Iran and promised to be a “true defender of human rights,” but the Iranian LGBTQ community is not hopeful. Iran, a country…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2021

Iran: How transgender people survive ultraconservative rule

Iran's state subsidizes gender reassignment surgery while prohibiting homosexuality. A long and continuing history of activism has helped transgender people bolster their community despite the discrimination they face. Before getting gender-confirmation surgery,…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2021

A card exempted a gay man from serving in Iran’s military. It may have cost him his life

Alireza Fazeli-Monfared's future was brutally cut short last week when members of his family allegedly murdered him due to his sexual orientation, according to his partner and a LGBTQ rights group. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2021

Gay man brutally murdered and beheaded by family in Iran in ‘honour killing’

Alireza Fazeli-Monfared, 20, was reportedly murdered by his brother and cousins on Tuesday (4 May) after they discovered the Iranian military exempted him from service because of “sexual depravities”. At around 7pm…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2021

Iran’s anti-LGBT military law blamed for murder of gay man

Three men murdered 20-year-old Alireza “Ali” Fazeli-Monfared on Tuesday in the Iranian city of Ahvaz allegedly because they learned the Iranian military exempted him due to “moral and sexual depravities such as…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2021

LGBT People Fleeing Harassment in Iran Find Life No Easier in Turkey

For hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Iranians who fled their homeland because of persecution for who they are, moving to Turkey was not a significant improvement. Sexual and gender minorities…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Backlash in Iran after academic calls for ‘removing gays’ from Tehran

Activists launched a petition against an Iranian academic and theatre director who was slammed for making homophobic remarks in an outrageous rant against the Iran's LGBTQ+ community. Last month, Ghotboddin Sadegh told…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2021

The difficulties of being gay in Iran

Police in Iran enter a young man's apartment looking for signs of "misconduct." They rummage through his laundry and check his computer. The young man, who goes by the name of Sahand,…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

UN Expert Raises Alarm Over Reports Of LGBT Child ‘Torture’ In Iran

The UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has expressed concern over reports that the country has subjected lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children to “torture and…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

Iran’s use of electric shocks on LGBT+ children is torture and ‘echoes treatment by the Nazis’

A United Nations report found the Islamic Republic of Iran imposed electric shock torture on LGBT+ children, among other human rights violations. British LGBT+ campaigner Peter Tatchell told The Jerusalem Post that…

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