Gay stewards who work for Air France are pleading with the airline to not send them to Iran, a country where homosexuality is punished with the death penalty.
In an online petition against gay cabin members having to travel to Tehran, the capital, it pleads with Air France to give stewards a choice about whether or not to travel there.
‘Sure, our sexuality isn’t written on our passports and it doesn’t change the way we work as a crew,’ writes Laurent M. ‘But it is inconceivable to force someone to go to a country where his kind are condemned for who they are.’
The letter states homosexuality is illegal in Iran, and punishment for the ‘crime’ goes from a penalty of 74 lashes to the death penalty.
Air France also flies to Saudi Arabia, Uganda and Zimbabwe – all countries that are not friendly to LGBTI people.
The petition follows Air France accepting female stewards could refuse to fly to Tehran without facing punishment. Air hostesses took a stand against the company as they said they didn’t want to be forced to wear a veil and loose trousers.
Air France recently resumed service to Iran after international sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme were lifted.
The company defended themselves by stating the rule about veils was already in place in flights to Saudi Arabia.
Gay Star News has contacted Air France for a response to the petition, but the airline has yet to respond.