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Singer accused of being homosexual faces death penalty in Iran

Singer accused of being homosexual faces death penalty in Iran

A famous Kurdish singer is facing the death penalty after being accused of being homosexual in Iran. Mohsen Lorestani, a resident of the Kurdish province of Kermanshah has reportedly been arrested under the country’s strict laws against same-sex relationships. While information is limited, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reports that he has been charged with […]

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30+ men arrested by Iranian authorities on sodomy charges

30+ men arrested by Iranian authorities on sodomy charges

Over 30 men were arrested in the Iranian city of Isfahan last month and will face intrustive “testing” from the nation’s authorities. The Jerusalem Post has reported a party in the Bahadoran District was raided in late April, where weapons were discharged before the arrests were made. Reports from Canada’s Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees […]

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Graphic novel highlights LGBT struggles in Iran

Graphic novel highlights LGBT struggles in Iran

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has released a short video promoting upcoming graphic novel, ‘Yousef and Farhad’. The work revolves around the struggles of the two titular characters as gay men living in Iran. ‘Yousef and Farhad’ has been crafted by Algerian-American political cartoonist, Khalil Bendib, and Iranian-American author, Amir Soltani. […]

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Iran Bans Spiky Homosexual Hairstyles

The Iranian government has cracked down on what it perceives to be homosexual activities including having a spiky haircut, men getting their eyebrows plucked, using a solarium and having a tattoo. The Guardian reports that as part of its annual crackdown on western influences the government issues a list of unacceptable fashions for men and women. […]

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Homosexuality Remains a Taboo Topic in Iran

Homosexuality Remains a Taboo Topic in Iran

There are reports that new study commissioned by the Iranian government has revealed that young Iranian’s have active sex lives and report a high level of homosexuality. An 82 page document released by Iran’s Parliamentary Research Department reportedly shows that 80% of unmarried females had boyfriends and that 17% of the 142,000 students surveyed declared […]

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Iranian Pop Star Googoosh Promotes LGBT Rights in New Music Video

Iranian Pop Star Googoosh Promotes LGBT Rights in New Music Video

Singer Googoosh, known as Iran’s ‘queen of pop’, has released a new video that promotes gay rights. The video is for her new song ‘Behesht’ (Heaven), and features a lesbian couple whose relationship is abhorred by their family and society. It was released on the singer’s Facebook page on Valentine’s Day. Googoosh was widely popular […]

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