A chilly rainy evening in north Tehran. I'm sitting in a cozy cafe-restaurant where some gay Iranians hang out every Tuesday, clandestinely. Despite all difficulties they face in the Islamic Republic, some them signal their gayness discreetly by wearing a thumb ring or a rainbow wristband. Gay Iranians can be lashed, hanged or stoned to death if caught. The law includes a variety of penalties for different acts: 99 lashes if two unrelated males sleep "unnecessarily" under the same blanket — even without any sexual contact. An immature boy raped by an adult man would also be lashed 74 times according to the same law, if the court decided that he had "enjoyed" the experience.
Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni
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The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. The chairman of a German company whose cranes are reportedly being used for public hangings in Iran lashed out at critics and dismissed calls for his company to end its relationship with Tehran on humanitarian grounds. Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli has blamed homosexuals for spread of Aids and says pro-gay politicians are lower than animals. The year-old man had been arrested. Read the latest stories about LightBox on Time.
Execution of two gay teens in Iran spurs controversy
Two Iranian boys, just kids, hanged in ! Is this not pathetic, and atrocious? Hassan Afshar was 17 when he was arrested for sodomizing another boy in December
Most of the Iranian refugees have been placed by the Turkish government in the city of Kayersi, which is situated in Central East Turkey and is also the area where thousands of Iranian immigrants who fled Iran over the much disputed June presidential election, are situated. Though, according to the Washington Post and some other newspapers, the Iranian homosexuals fear harassment and are told to lay low, there are no such credible findings on the matter. Many of the Iranian homosexuals are trying to flee to first world countries, especially the Unites States as their living conditions in Kayseri are not adequate just like the living conditions of the Turkish citizens in the city are not. Turkey never the less provides a much safer heaven for the Iranian lesbians and gays who were reportedly threatened by the Iranian government, co-workers, security officials and blackmailers who used them for sexual favours.