LGBT in Iran


LGBT in Iran

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Gender, sex and sexual orientation are three of the most significant aspects of human existence. They relates to identities and roles, sexual dispositions, lust, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. However, a person’s sex, gender and sexual orientation can also affect their ideas, aspirations, beliefs, worldview, perspectives, values, behaviours and social roles. The earliest records of same-gender attraction date back to the time of ancient Greece.

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Kameel Ahmady is a British-Iranian researcher working in the field of social anthropology, with a particular focus on gender, children, ethnic minorities, and child labour. Kameel was born in Iranian Kurdistan (also known as East Kurdistan). He obtained his Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and Visual Ethnography from the University of Kent, UK. His academic pursuits include specialized courses in Middle Eastern Politics and Research Methods from other British institutions. Known for studying harmful traditions, Ahmady serves as both a supervisor and developer for his teamwork research publications in Farsi, Kurdish, and English. In 2017, he was honoured with “Honour” prize by the UK based IKWRO organization at the University of Law in London. Subsequently, in 2018, at George Washington University, Global P.E.A.C.E. foundation bestowed upon him the “Literature and Humanities” award in recognition of his contributions to the field. Among his group works are titles such as ” Conformity and Resistance in Mahabad,” ” Another Look at East and Southeast of Turkey,” “In the Name of Tradition,” “A House on Water,” “The Echo of Silence,” ” Traces of Exploitation in Childhood,” and more….

FAQ About Lesbian Gays and Bisexual (LGBT)

  • What does LGBTQ+ mean? LGBTQ+ is an abbreviation for all kinds of sexes, genders and sexual orientations; e.g. homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex. The rainbow pride flag is a popular LGBTQ+ symbol. This flag represents pride, diversity, tolerance and respect for fellow human beings.
  • What is the punishment for gay men in Iran? Iran is one of the few countries in the world where, according to its laws, gay men are sentenced to death. Article 109 of the Islamic Penal Law approved in 1991 stipulates the death penalty for sexual intercourse between two men. In the new bill, the conditions have been slightly reformed: according to Article 233, the receiver will be executed in any case, and the penetrator will be executed only in case of ‘violence, reluctance, and having a wife’ – if he committed rape or was married before establishing a gay relationship. Another situation that carries the risk of execution is if one partner in the relationship is non-Muslim and the other is Muslim. In that case, according to the commentary on Article 233, the sentence is death.
  • What is the punishment for lesbian women in Iran? For sexual relations between two women, the Islamic Penal Code stipulates 100 lashes in Article 129. Under Article 135 of the new Islamic Penal Law, the same punishment is given for lesbians. At the same time, Article 135 of that bill approves the death sentence for repeated lesbian relations between women: ‘If a woman is tried three times for the crime of having sex with another woman and the limit applies to her, she will be executed the fourth time.
  • What are the solutions for reducing social and legal pressures on LGBT people in Iran? Among the various first-step solutions for reducing such social and legal pressures are bridging the information gap, educating about the diversity of sexual groups, avoiding traditional heteronormative relationship stereotypes and complementary thinking toward sexual relationships, recognising ideological incomprehension, accepting the current situation without bias, analysing the available data and gathering reliable baseline data, supporting the conducting of research, testing new and innovative ideas, and offering local solutions.