Communist Youth Organization

The Youth Branch of The Workers’ Communist Party of Iran

The Iranian LGBT against Political Islam

The global LGBT movement stands for free love irrespective of the country one is born in, and the religion or the “culture” of that country. The LGBT movement stands against all reactionary states, ideologies and movements that condemn their way of life through violence and inequality. Our sexual orientation and gender identity are integral part of who we are as human beings and should never be used as instruments for discrimination or abuse. Today the LGBT movement in Iran is fighting against abuses such as torture, murder and executions, arrests and unjust laws, unequal treatment, censorship, unequal opportunities for employment, discrimination in healthcare, domestic violence, and child abuse.
The Orlando attack on an LGBT night club is a tragic example of the daily violence experienced by the LGBT people around the world. Today, Political Islam is a global reactionary movement that targets the LGBT community through the promotion of Sharia (Islamic law). The Islamic regime in Iran is a political and economic sponsor of groups such as Islamic State that are spreading hate and intolerance towards the LGBT people, both in Iran and around the world. Anywhere on earth where political Islam sets foot, be it in the Middle East, Europe, or the U.S, the LGBT community is in danger of prosecution, murder and execution. This is why this year, the LGBT movement is struggling for its social and political future through political action against Islamic regimes, political Islam, and in denouncing Sharia in the West.
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 LGBT population 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.
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."

Communist Youth Organization 
July, 2016
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