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August 11, 2014

African island nation has taken its first steps to legalize male homosexuality by asking the public for their views

The Seychelles is to take its first steps to legalize gay sex today (11 August).

The Judicial College has invited members of the public to discuss for the presentation and discussion on the ‘discrimination of gay people, marriage equality and morality’ at a forum this evening.

Back in 2011, the 155- island African country agreed with the United Nations it would decriminalize homosexuality.

While same-sex female relationships are now legal, male homosexuality is still punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

But that could now change.

February 19, 2014

Googoosh has become one of the most prominent Irianians to speak out against homophobia in the conservative country

One of the most famous women in Iran has released a video in support of the country's LGBT community, sparking uproar and backlash.

As GSN previously reported, Googoosh has released Behesht (Paradise) with a music video showing how lesbian couples can be shunned by Iranian society.

December 16, 2013

Despite European court ruling, Prime Minister pledges and government policy, another lesbian was deported back to Uganda

Is the UK government serious in his promises to protect LGBTI asylum seekers? Despite David Cameron’s personal assurances, the case of Prossie N, deported back to the UK last week proves it is not.

Prossie N is a lesbian who fled sexual abuse and persecution in Uganda which saw her forced out onto the streets because of her sexuality.

She sought protection in the UK, had lesbian relationships and started building a new life.

December 5, 2013

He's facing demands for a ban but Irish Muslim cleric Yusuf Chambers says he has never called for gays to be executed and wants to talk

An Irish Muslim cleric, accused of wanting homosexuals killed, is now saying he would like to create a dialogue with the LGBTI community.

Yusuf Chambers, speaking to Gay Star News in a very rare interview, Chambers says he has never called for gays to be executed.

Chambers is a member of extremely controversial group Islamic Education and Research Academy, and the focus of several campaigns to stop any event where he is involved.

October 19, 2013

Gay rights groups say all detainees frogmarched from a private birthday party near Iraq border last week have been released on bail

Nearly two dozen people arrested by elite Iranian security forces from a private birthday party near the Iraq border last week and charged with homosexuality and Satanism have been released on bail, gay rights groups said.

The Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network said the detainees arrested in Kermanshah, a village in Iran near the border with Iraq, have all been reportedly released on bail.

October 11, 2013

Revolutionary guards have reportedly arrested at least 17 homosexuals and ‘devil-worshippers’ who were dancing at a birthday party held in a hall close to the Iraqi border

Nearly 20 people have been arrested in Iran under suspicion of being gay.

According to British newspaper The Guardian, revolutionary guards revealed Thursday via their official website they detained a ‘network of homosexuals and satanists’.

The arrest took place in a hall in Kermanshah where a dance party of 80 people was taking place for a birthday.

July 5, 2013

We are still turning LGBT asylum seekers away from safe havens to face persecution and death, says Stuart Hanson

The UK is one of the toughest places to claim asylum in Europe, according to the most recent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) figures.

Approximately 75% of all asylum seekers were initially not recognized by the UK Border Agency as having protection needs and were refused asylum. In countries like Finland and Switzerland over 70% of asylum seekers were granted protection.

This is a 45% difference and suggests Britain is not the soft touch that is constantly broadcast in the tabloids and media.

June 14, 2013

LGBT Iranians comment on today's election but with real power held by a religious and military elite and no candidates interested in easing the persecution they face, they say it can only get worse, not better

As the controversial Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heads out of office, Iranians are at the polls today (14 June) to vote for a new president.

But what will this election mean for LGBT Iranians? Are any of the candidates likely to improve the situation for gays and lesbians in Iran, who face systematic persecution? Is there an end in sight to Iran’s hard-line anti-LGBT policies?

December 4, 2012

Iranian news services reports that well over a thousand gender reassignment operations have been carried out between 2006 and 2010

State medical records indicate that from 2006 to 2010, 1,366 Iranians acquired permits to undergo sex change operations.

Khabar-on-line reported on Monday that 56 percent were seeking male-to-female surgery and 44 percent were female-to-male operations.

Iranians seeking sex-change operations must apply to the country’s courts for a permit, their case is then forwarded to state medical offices to be processed.

September 18, 2012

Canada will help two Iranian gays, as well as make LGBT and women’s rights a corner stone of its international policy, say two Canadian ministers

Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird pledged that Canada has will continue to help and has aided ‘a large number’ of gays and lesbians immigrate from Iran, which renounces them for their homosexuality.

Too many countries have regressive and punitive laws that criminalize homosexuality,’ he said.

July 27, 2012

Iranian LGBT activists celebrate the country's third national day of sexual minorities 

Iran’s LGBT community celebrated its third national day of sexual minorities today (27 July).

They used it to send a message of love and solidarity.

Activists in Iran took photos, wrote blogs and recorded themselves to show that they exist everywhere, and are proud of their sexuality.

May 12, 2012

Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.

Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

The four men are said to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran.

May 11, 2012

New report on LGBT people in Iran will be released next week in London

A new report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Iran highlights the problems they face in their own country and when they flee into exile.

Small Media and veteran UK-based gay activist Peter Tatchell will launch the LGBT Republic of Iran report in London on 16 May, a day ahead of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

April 26, 2012

'Gangster' accused of gay sex executed in public in Fars Province, Iran

A young man known by the initials CH M was hanged publicly in Marwdasht, Fars Province, Iran, for allegedly engaging in 'sodomy' with another man.

Speaking with the Iranian Fars News Agency, Gholamhossein Chamansara, the Attorney General of Marwdasht, reported that the death penalty was given to the man - whose exact age is not known - due to his 'despicable act' that contradicted Sharia Muslim laws.