This year Ireland passed a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage and this historic event was followed by the United States becoming the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. This monumental progress in the recognition of LGBT rights is the opposite of the reality in the Middle East, especially countries such as Iran.
In July this year, a 14 year old homosexual teenager was hanged by a tree during summer camp in Iran. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the public hanging of two teenagers accused of homosexuality, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marihoni, in the Iranian city of Mashhad. On July 19th a vigil took place in London to highlight the continuing repression of gay and lesbian people in Iran and to pressure the Islamic regime in Iran to stop its discriminatory and anti-gay laws.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iran are systematically and comprehensively being denied all basic human rights by the Islamic regime in Iran. The Islamic law in Iran states that homosexuality is punishable by flogging as well as capital punishment: the government’s attempt to do its utmost to completely annihilate the group from the map of Iran. The fatwa (religious decision) for the death of all LGBT people in Iran was issued by almost all Iranian clerics.
The social repression of the Islamic regime in Iran results in high suicide rates, bullying and the creation of a secret online LGBT community. Without a real way of expressing themselves in society, the LGBT people in Iran find themselves above all very lonely and isolated from family, friends, the local community and society at large. Finding employment is also another major issue in the LGBT community in Iran, particularly for transsexuals, due to the culturally constructed taboos and ideas created by the Islamic regime.
Officially, the Islamic state of Iran believes that everyone is heterosexual and that homosexuality is a direct violation of the supreme will of god. In this way, all political parties and groups that are in any shape or form affiliated with the LGBT community in Iran are not endorsed and are severely suppressed.
The LGBT community in Iran need your support! The LGBT community around the world must continue to renounce the Islamic Republic with their solidarity with the Iranian people in their struggle against this repressive regime. The Isolation and marginalization that is imposed on the LGBT group under the threat of prosecution must stop! The Iranian regime since the so called “revolution” has been a force of oppression in the Iranian society. Human rights have been denied to tens of millions of people in Iran and the Iranian people have been living in fear of enjoying the most fundamental human rights, including their sexual rights as human beings.
The Communist Youth Organization states that “All adults, women or men are completely free in deciding over their sexual relationships with other adults. Voluntary relationship of adults with each other is their private affair and no person or authority has the right to scrutinize it, interfere with it or make it public."