Monday, September 12, 2011

Gay Iranians Come Out On Facebook

Iran recently executed three men for the crime of sodomy, which is defined as "sexual intercourse between men," which is in sharp contrast to President Ahmadinejad's assertion that Iran doesn't have gay people.  With this hypocritical departure to the official Iranian stance, gay Iranians have decided to take matters into their own hands and tell the world in a manner that brooks no disagreement: gay Iranians exist.
A group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Iranians have posted videos of themselves on Facebook in a campaign to highlight the discrimination against sexual minorities in Iran where homosexuals are put to death. 
Hundreds of Iranians in and outside the country have joined a Facebook page, called "we are everywhere", which encourages members to share their personal stories online. Members of the campaign in Iran have posted audio messages or videos which do not reveal their identity while some outside talked about their sexual orientation freely.
I perused the wall and photos, and they are filled not just with proud statements of Iranians, but statements of support from all over the globe.

Congratulations to the citizens of Iran, and Iranians elsewhere in the world, on taking a stand against homophobia in your home country.

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