Friday, August 21, 2009

Gay Iranians face stark decisions, slim hopes in election unrest

"... His interrogators made him sign a document confessing his homosexuality." - Greg Beneteau. reports:
The plight of many politically active gay Iranians is typified by Hamid, a 29-year-old who volunteered in the campaign of presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Hamid (an alias used to protect his identity) was arrested by police in 2007 during an entrapment campaign targeting gay chat rooms. While in custody his interrogators made him sign a document confessing his homosexuality. So when Hamid was rounded up at a pro-Mousavi demonstration in Shiraz last month authorities wasted no time making an example out of him. He was held in detention for 48 hours, where he alleges he was beaten with an electric baton. At publication time he was trying to cross the border into neighbouring Turkey and seek asylum. The pictures he sent to Arsham Parsi, executive director of the Toronto-based Iranian Queer Railroad, highlight the bleak reality faced by queer Iranians following the contested reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. READ MORE