It should come as no surprise that gays in Iraq aren’t the only Middle Eastern homos facing persecution. We’re also being targeted in Iran, where election protests, violence, and censorship are dominating the news cycle. But a small but growing number of headlines showcase the situation in Iran. And it is dire. Permit us this copy/paste from Toronto’s student-led Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO).
The Homosexual community of Iran has been living under harsh conditions of harassment and fear. We identify with the pain the People endured this last week; those who fought back tears and kept calm under attacks and assaults in which silence was the most effective or only shield. These days, the Government is dismissing demands for justice, opening fire on people, and calling them “less then dust,” “dirt,” “dirty” and “fags,” eliciting years of dual oppression in the mind of homosexual community. Iranian queers have been struggling with the merciless oppressive Regime for years; we know very well what it means to endure cruelty. In recent days, the Islamic Regime has been treating people in the same way it has treated the queer community over the past three decades. It is with this understanding in mind and with a hope for a fair and free future based on equality that we fight side by side, hand in hand against the dictator. We urge the international LGBT community to hear our voice and hear the People of Iran in their demand for new elections. We ask the international LGBT community to assist us in alerting the world of the cruelties and the killings taking place in Iran during these days. We fear that in the days to come, if the dictator wins, a generation — our generation — will simply be eliminated.
These days, the queer movement of Iran is alongside the people’s movement. We are certain that the death of democracy in Iran will sooner or later mean the death of all humanity. We are certain that in the denial of civil and individual rights – as Ahamdinejad did in his first speech after his second round of his appointment to power, calling all protesters “thieves,” “ruffians”, and “fags” – all hopes for a civil society will be wiped out. Yet we live with the hope of rescuing Iran from the spread of fascism. On the fourth day of the Silent Resistance, one protester held a placard pronouncing: I’m not afraid of death, my fear is of life … three days has passed already. Equality, social justice, respect for different ethnicities, religions, languages, and sexual minorities are indeed possible, if people are not denied their rights within the framework of democracy.
We ask the international community, the international LGBT community, and human rights organizations or the world to be watchful of the atrocities in the streets of Iran today, to respect the Iranian people’s vote and their wish to live in a democratic society, and to refuse to recognise Ahmadinejad as Iran’s elected president until a new election is held in the presence of UN monitors. We ask the international community to support people of Iran through diplomatic pressure and UN intervention.
IRanian Queer Railroad:
Man, the bravery of those people is just beyond belief.
Beautiful and important post.
It speaks volumes that this Iranian Underground Railroads still leads to Canada as in slavery days and not to the nation that likes to call itself “the freest in the world.”
Well, at least you’ll get health care.
Sorry for my ignorance but what is the policy of the US government regarding gay asylum seekers?
“We ask the international community … to refuse to recognise Ahmadinejad as Iran’s elected president until a new election is held in the presence of UN monitors.”
Fat chance. Obama and Hillary are waiting in the wings to negotiate with Ahmadinejad and Khamanei, instantly legitimizing the fraudulent Iranian government in the eyes of the world. That’s why they’re hedging their bets so that regardless of what happens, the US is positioned to take advantage of the outcome, even if it means the blood shed by these brave Iranians will be in vain.
@marius: It’s doable if you can establish persecution and afford a lawyer, but it seems you have to somehow get here first, and then you risk being deported if you lose
“Iranians riot when their election is stolen. Americans riot when their team loses”
someone somewhere said that =]
What the fuck?! Get a clue…yeah, blame Obama and Clinton, should we invade Iran? Would that solve this? Send the protesters weapons? Impose more economic sanctions?(don’t know if there ARE any more sanctions we can impose) What do you propose?
Have we learned nothing in decades of dealing with this bat-shit crazy portion of the planet? Whenever we interject ourselves into the middle of whatever latest Muslim drama is occuring, we get shitkicked for it. It is next to impossible for us to “win” in anything involving Muslim nations. Sorry if that’s not PC, but it is reality.
Obama is handling this situation correctly…denouncing corruption, and and strongly denouncing violence against those seeking reform, but letting them fight their own battles.
The plight of LGBT Muslims being persecuted is tragic…aid should and must come from humanitarian, not politically originated sources, lest we add to the never ending cycle of “meddling in their affairs”…”America, the great Satan”, “America, the champion of the perverts”, etc etc, and similar bullshit.
Humanitarian aid yes…but sad to say, LGBT Muslims probably face a decades long (centuries long?) battle/struggle to free themselves from the ridiculous oppression fueled by fundamentalism.
And then…THEY CAME FOR ME! I’m glad to see that whole country is definitely speaking up. I guess they finally decided that if they couldn’t have liberty they would take death.
While they have it bad, no doubt, but we are far from having “liberty” ourselves.
Wait, there are gays in Iran now?
hi everybody…maybe you don’t believe but I’m Iranian.(In fact a young Iranian boy).so I’m sorry for my mistakes.
Let me tell the true…1)”less then dust”?! what’s that?It’s a ridiculous adjective!…maybe you mean Khas ‘o khashak, which means sb who are different from others and yes…this difference is in a wrong and bad way.
P.S:gay people cant see the truth. can’t live in a good way and this rule can’t change for ever!
P.S2:You cant say about something that you don’t know it completely.(specially Islam)
Hey Borna, you say “You cant say about something that you don’t know it completely.(specially Islam)”
Well, I know enough about islam to know that I don’t like it. Islam, like christianity, fucks the brains of its believers.
Islam smells very bad. (If I were to say that in Iran I would be murdered.)
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