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LGBTI Rights in Iran


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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ADDED ON: 02/08/2021

Iran cleric: People who are vaccinated for COVID have ‘become homosexuals’

An Iranian regime cleric in the holy city of Qom on Tuesday issued a homophobic rant against people vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming that they become gay after receiving the vaccine. Ayatollah Abbas…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2020

60% of queer Iranians have been assaulted by homophobic family members

More than six in 10 queer people from Iran have been assaulted by anti-LGBT+ family members, and almost half have been sexually assaulted in public, according to a new report. The report,…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2020

I’m a Muslim Iranian-American With a 9/11 Birthday. Here’s How I’ve Come to Terms With My Identity

My ninth birthday fell on a school day, a bright and clear-skied Tuesday in September. I expected my mom to bring cupcakes to school during lunch, a tradition I loved because for…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Iranian aide who shared cartoon of same-sex parents faces prison for ‘homosexual propaganda’

The former aide for women’s and family affairs in Iran has been charged with “spreading moral corruption” in the form of a cartoon depicting loving LGBT+ families. The Iranian news outlet Rah-e…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2020

TV exposé from Iran targets LGBTQ safe houses in Iraq

The Iranian state-run news channel Al-Alam released a 22-minute television program labeling the Iraqi organization IraQueer and its network of LGBTQ safe houses as agents of a United States “cultural crusade.” An…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2020

Top Iranian aide apologises for ‘homosexual propaganda’ after sharing cartoon of loving lesbian and gay parents

On May 15 Shahindokht Molaverdi shared a poster to mark the International Day of Families on her Telegram account. Produced by the UN, the simple illustration depicted several families, including two same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

How Iran’s anti-LGBT policies put transgender people at risk

Despite repressive laws against homosexuality, gender reassignment surgery remains legal in Iran. But Iranians who seek sex-change operations are faced with a harsh approval process and a high risk of botched surgeries.…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2020

Iranian militia declares Iraq not for ‘filthy homosexuals, collaborators’

An official for the Iranian-sponsored Popular Mobilization Units declared in a video that Iraq is not a country for homosexuals or collaborators, and that his organization will obliterate government protestors. The Middle…

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ADDED ON: 10/28/2019

Uganda arrested 16 LGBTQ activists. Here’s where else gay rights are a battleground in the world.

This week Ugandan police arrested 16 LGBTQ activists on charges of gay sex — which is punishable by life imprisonment. Police arrested them at the sexual health organization where they worked and…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Teens on growing up LGBTI in Iran: ‘My boyfriend was killed’

Teens have opened up about what it’s like to grow up LGBTI in Iran. Dozens of young people revealed they are ‘depressed’ and ‘frustrated’ by living in the Muslim-majority country. One even…

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