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Exile Recounts His “Invisible” Life Growing Up Gay In Iran

Iranian_young_manUp until the time that it all came into the open, we faced no problems. All hell broke loose, however, as the veils were set aside. In Iran if you want to be different you have to hide it; then you are free to do as you please, or rather just so far as they don’t become aware of you and your way of life. If you’re different, if you don’t conform to their standards and it becomes known, you pay the price as I did. You know, before that wicked man in the office brought us so much harm, we had an almost normal life.

In Iranian society, close friendships between men are unexceptional. Bromance is normal and accepted. It is not that weird for two men to hold hands in the streets. It is not odd to hug a man, sit with him in a coffee shop, go to a restaurant with him or even live with him. None of these things cause others to judge you as gay, so in this respect being gay in Iran is much easier even than in Europe. As long as people don’t tag you as being gay you are not bothered. On the other hand if you are pointed out as different then the whole world turns against you, from people to the government.

A gay Iranian refugee in Norway, discussing his life back home, in a must-read essay in The Guardian.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jan 14, 2013
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  • 2 Comments
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      This article does not appear in The Guardian.
      As your link shows, it is online in a – presumably paid-for – sub-section of outside content The Guardian seems to distance itself from.
      Be interesting to see where this goes.
      Maybe they’ll get A Gay Girl In Damascus To Write for them?

      Jan 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • smithster11
      smithster11

      And as a side note to highlight an enormous on-line advertising fail: does anyone else continuously see ads for “15 tips for talking to women and attracting them like crazy”?

      Jan 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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