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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.

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?

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?

October 24, 2012

The Iranian speaker of parliament stated that homosexuality is 'modern Western Barbarism'

The Iranian speaker of parliament equated gays with barbarism and questioned if the UN is seeking the legalization of homosexuality in his country.

Mr. Ali Larijani made his comments on today (24 October) at the opening of the parliamentary session and in response to a new report by UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, who criticized Iran for its poor human rights record.

September 27, 2012

The international affairs advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, stated that homosexuality is the cause of cultural decay in the West

Speaking at the Islamic Awakening conference, Dr Velayati, who is also Iran’s former foreign affairs minister, described the situation of Western cultures ‘worrisome’, adding, ‘corruption and decay is spreading all over the West. 

'The moral degradation in the West is worsening by the day... Homosexuality is driving Western family foundations into ruins.’

September 27, 2012

The international affairs advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, stated that homosexuality is the cause of cultural decay in the West

Speaking at the Islamic Awakening conference, Dr Velayati, who is also Iran’s former foreign affairs minister, described the situation of Western cultures ‘worrisome’, adding, ‘corruption and decay is spreading all over the West. 

'The moral degradation in the West is worsening by the day... Homosexuality is driving Western family foundations into ruins.’

September 24, 2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Western countries should not expect Iran to recognize gays as normal people in society

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called being gay ‘ugly’, compared it to stealing, and said it ‘ceases procreation’.

In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Ahmadinejad told the British broadcaster Western countries should not expect the Middle East to recognize homosexuality as normal.

When Ahmadinejad was asked by Morgan how great it would be if the Iranian president was for gay rights, the conservative Muslim rejected the suggestion.

September 24, 2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Western countries should not expect Iran to recognize gays as normal people in society

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called being gay ‘ugly’, compared it to stealing, and said it ‘ceases procreation’.

In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Ahmadinejad told the British broadcaster Western countries should not expect the Middle East to recognize homosexuality as normal.

When Ahmadinejad was asked by Morgan how great it would be if the Iranian president was for gay rights, the conservative Muslim rejected the suggestion.

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.

June 19, 2012

Gay and Jewish activists denounced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence in Brazil for the UN Rio+20 summit
 

Protestors in Brazil rallied over the weekend against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit.

Hundreds of gay, Jewish and rights activists took to the the famed Ipanema beach in protest of the Iranian president's presence in Rio de Janeiro for the UN summit on sustainable development.

Protestors carrying banners that read 'Rio does not welcome Mahmoud Ahmadinejad' and 'Iranians we love you' condemned the Iranian's president treatment of gays and Jews.

June 19, 2012

Gay and Jewish activists denounced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence in Brazil for the UN Rio+20 summit
 

Protestors in Brazil rallied over the weekend against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit.

Hundreds of gay, Jewish and rights activists took to the the famed Ipanema beach in protest of the Iranian president's presence in Rio de Janeiro for the UN summit on sustainable development.

Protestors carrying banners that read 'Rio does not welcome Mahmoud Ahmadinejad' and 'Iranians we love you' condemned the Iranian's president treatment of gays and Jews.

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).

January 10, 2012

Activists respond as General Mohammad Javad Larijani says homosexuality is a ‘disease’ and same-sex marriage is ‘immoral’

Iranian gay activists have responded after the secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights described homosexuality as a western ‘disease’.

Radio Free Europe also reports that General Mohammad Javad Larijani said that same-sex marriage is ‘immoral’.

He made the remarks in Tehran during a visit by German Tom Koenigs, who chairs the human rights committee in Germany’s parliament.

January 10, 2012

Activists respond as General Mohammad Javad Larijani says homosexuality is a ‘disease’ and same-sex marriage is ‘immoral’

Iranian gay activists have responded after the secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights described homosexuality as a western ‘disease’.

Radio Free Europe also reports that General Mohammad Javad Larijani said that same-sex marriage is ‘immoral’.

He made the remarks in Tehran during a visit by German Tom Koenigs, who chairs the human rights committee in Germany’s parliament.