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Graphic Novel Captures What It's Like to Be Gay in Iran: Part 4

OutRight Action International | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
OutRight Action International

One gesture, one person, one moment. This is how change happens. In this final installment of "Yousef and Farhad," we hope to reach Iranian families -- and those in other countries -- who are struggling with the sexual orientation of a loved one with an appeal for acceptance and dignity for all.

Graphic Novel Captures What It's Like to Be Gay in Iran: Part 3

OutRight Action International | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
OutRight Action International

When society's rules influence Yousef's family acceptance, it's time for him to find a new home. Daily life for LGBTIQ Iranians, as is true in other countries that criminalize homosexuality, is infinitely more complicated than the laws on the books. In spite of the challenges and risks, they find boyfriends and girlfriends -- and even the most unlikely protectors. But their journey is never easy and not every story ends happily. This is the third installment of "Yousef and Farhad."

Graphic Novel Captures What It's Like to Be Gay in Iran: Part 2

OutRight Action International | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
OutRight Action International

Rejection, loneliness and separation can make for a dangerous combination. In the second installment of the graphic novel "Yousef and Farhad" about two gay men and their struggle for acceptance in Iran, will Yousef survive? Is love possible for them?

Bold Graphic Novel Highlights the Struggle of Gay Love in Iran

OutRight Action International | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
OutRight Action International

Coming out is never easy, especially when there is a real fear of being rejected by your family, or worse, risking violence or harassment. This is the start of Yousef & Farhad's journey -- the first installment in a groundbreaking graphic novel web series created in a partnership between the LGBTIQ human rights organization OutRight Action International and the artists Amir Soltani and Khalil Bendib. Though in many ways a classic love story with all of its poetry, challenges and triumphs, the relationship between two gay men in Iran is rarely a simple romance.

In Iran, Homophobia as Political Posturing

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

The political establishment of Iran is not known for its open-mindedness or tolerance on sexuality and gender. Nonetheless, its homophobic vitriol has been exceptionally high these past few weeks.

Ahmadinejad's Anti-Gay Remarks Find Unlikely Support In Iowa

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have sparked the ire of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates when he slammed homosexuality as an "ug...

Iranian President: 'Homosexuality Ceases Procreation'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

CNN's Piers Morgan engaged in a heated debate with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over homosexuality, in which the Iranian president slammed the lesbian, gay, bi...

Iranian Lesbian Told Hide Identity After Being Denied Asylum In Germany

Die Welt/Worldcrunch | Silke Mülherr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

BAYREUTH - One of her last memories of Iran is a noisy party. It was back in 2009, and some 50 young people had gathered in a Tehran apartment. "We we...

LOOK: Iranian LGBT Activists Risk Their Lives To Take A Stand

Posted 06.08.2012 | Good News

On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a group of LGBT activists in Tehran, Iran, risked their lives to take a stand for...

A Rare Show Of Public Support For Gay Rights In Iran

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Golnaz Esfandiari | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, a small group of Iranians publicly displayed support for gay rights despite the Islamic republic'...

4 Iranian Men Set To Be Hanged For Sodomy: Report

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation's Shari'a laws, Pink News is reporting. The four men -- identified by th...

Iranian Cleric Slams Gays: 'Problems Like AIDS Did Not Exist Before'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Turns out right-wing Western pundits aren't the only ones spouting horrific remarks when it comes to homosexuality. As The Guardian is reporting, ...

Iran Human Rights Official's Shocking Slam Of Homosexuals

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

International lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are outraged after an Iranian human rights official slammed homosexuality...

Jumping Over Fire: How I Came To Embrace Being A Gay Iranian American

Will | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Will

I informed my parents that I'd been given the opportunity to write for a major gay magazine. My father's reaction was a happy one, but he wanted me to change my name; the Iranian government keeps tabs on anyone who is the least bit Iranian.

UN to Iran: There Are No Excuses for Denying LGBT People Their Human Rights

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

The Iranian government, to soften the rhetoric when violating human rights, relies on a spurious excuse: cultural difference. This argument posits that human rights are by definition a Western priority and cannot be considered universal.

Film Depicting Iranian Teen Lesbians Meets 'Hostile' Reaction

Posted 10.25.2011 | Arts

Iranian filmmaker Maryan Keshavarz's new film, Circumstance, chronicles the lives of two sixteen-year-old girls navigating a lesbian relationship in I...

Kiana Firouz, Iran Lesbian, Seeks Outlet In Film

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iran doesn't officially have gay citizens, but then nobody asked Kiana Firouz....