12/24/2014 09:51 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

What It's Like To Be Gay In Iran

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Saeed was 20 years old when he sat his father down and told him he was gay. Trembling, he recounted how, as a child, he hid cutouts of male underwear models from foreign magazines under his pillow, and would gaze at them for hours when he was alone. His mother, sitting speechless in a chair next to her husband, went pale.

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