In January 2011 Dr. Shirin Ahmadinia, a faculty member in Allameh Tabatabai University's sociology department who taught medical sociology and health, wrote a blog post announcing that the university had decided to cancel all her classes.
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.
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.