The gay people pushed to change their gender


BBC By Ali Hamedani Iran is one of a handful of countries where homosexual acts are punishable by death. Clerics do, however accept the idea that a person may be trapped in a body of the wrong sex. So homosexuals can be pushed into having gender reassignment surgery – and to avoid it many flee […]

Toronto’s gay mecca a refuge for persecuted Iranians


Toronto Star By: Nicholas Keung, Immigration reporter While other Muslims pay homage to the holy city of Mecca, Elina Azari worships Toronto, the gay mecca for queer Iranians. A month ago, the 26-year-old native from Tehran followed the treks of other queer refugees stranded in Turkey and joined the growing Iranian LGBTQ community for a […]

A Maple Syrup Mecca for Iran’s Gays


Nina Strochlic – The Daily Beast When Ali escaped Iran and arrived in Turkey in 2012, he had already decided where he wanted the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to place him. “I told them I’m choosing Canada because I’m going to go to university [and] Canada is cheaper than U.S.; Australia is too […]

Being Gay in Iran


By Farhad Dolatizadeh Coming Out in a Country Where That Can Get You Killed, and the TV Documentary That Outed Me to the World I RAN FROM IRAN And found myself in this town in Turkey, where I didn’t know a soul. I was one of the lucky ones. I’m 16. “May I ask you […]

Iran’s Gay Underground Railroad

Eskisehir, Turkey, 2014 Sepehr Rajaei  and Ata Leysi in their Eskisehir flat.

Source By Emily Feldman How Iranians escape persecution for being gay The day they met, Sepehr Rajaei, a 32-year-old from the Iranian city of Isfahan, warned his date that they couldn’t see each other often. Just a few people knew that Rajaei was gay, and he hoped to avoid whatever questions might come from regular trips […]

Gay, Iranian And Stylish in Exile


The Daily Beast Nina Strochlic A gay refugee couple from Iran have become Facebook superstars thanks to a shout-out on Humans of New York. They talk to The Daily Beast about life for Iran’s persecuted LGBT community in a country that denies their very existence. Last Thursday night, around 7 p.m., a photograph was posted […]

Being a gay poet in Iran: ‘Writing on the edge of crisis’


Not everyone is optimistic about the election of Iran’s new president. This article by Nogaam, a publisher of censored Iranian authors, explains why gay poet Payam Feili doesn’t share the optimism of his peers.   By Index on Censorship   Iran’s government has been increasing pressure on writers and artists over the past few years, […]

Iranian LGBTs flee persecution via ‘underground railroad’

Tarkan is interviewed for the first time in an attempt to get asylum status.
PHOTO BY: Kate Brooks

Global Post By Marie Doezema KAYSERI, Turkey — It’s a humid summer night in Kayseri. Several busloads of Iranians trundle through the dusk. Grandparents, toddlers, thirty-somethings and gangly teenage couples stand in the aisles, sit on laps. All are refugees. The caravan stops in front a nondescript high-rise with a small disco on the ground floor. […]