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Iran’s LGBTs: We Are Everywhere

Iran’s LGBTs: We Are Everywhere

 

LGBTs from Iran have created the Facebook group “We Are Everywhere” in which members, without revealing their identities, post audio and video messages about their stories and offer support to one another — and with news about the group spreading fast over the Internet, the page also has countless messages of support from LGBTs from across the world.

The Facebook group’s description says:

We Are Everywhere — If you consider yourself as homosexual, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual, queer, or a member of the rainbow community, take a 2-3 minute video of yourself, your lived experiences, your problems and your wishes, and, if it does not put you in danger, put the video on this page so that this year on May17th, the international day against homophobia, our rainbow will be longer

As of writing this, the group is now well on its way to 2,000 members. Many of those posting on the group’s wall are well-wishers from outside of Iran, with comments from people in the UK, Amsterdam and Israel to name but a few.

The project aims to give a voice to Iran’s LGBTs who are criminalized by Iran’s oppressive regime. Indeed, homosexuality is illegal in Iran under anti-sodomy laws and recently it was reported that three men were executed under that provision.

More about the project from The Guardian:

“As a gay person, my biggest problem in Iran is that I cannot be my real self,” said an Iranian gay man, only identified as Mehdi, who has posted a video online from inside Iran. “I always have to play a role. I always have to suppress my own existence and part of my identity and hide myself in fear from the society and potential problems that I might face.”

In the video, Mehdi has shown his face from his mouth down. “Like this video, I always have to hide a part of myself from others in my life,” he said.

The group hosts videos on its YouTube channel which you can find here.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad infamously claimed in 2007 that homosexuality doesn’t exist in Iran, only later acknowledging gay citizens exist by claiming homosexuality had come in from abroad.

You can find the We Are Everywhere Facebook group here.

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5:44AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

How courageous!

7:18AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

mohamed ibrahim a., could you please explain to me exactly WHY you "don't like gay"? What is it that you are afraid of?

I remember my psychiatry professor in the univeristy asking us med students why we thought some people (mostly men) were so homophobic. We started popping ideas -- homosexuality threatens their masculinity, the idea of penetration by a man was scary and repulsive etc. -- but the professor didn't seem satisfied with our answers. Maybe our thoughts were too superficial. So, I have been asking other people's opinions on this subject ever since.

3:06PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

"We are everywhere" can be very easily twisted by Ahmadinejad's paranoid regime into a fresh new wave of government oppression. How many political dissidents have been accused of homosexuality and sentenced, irrespective of their actual sexuality? Probably a great many, under a harsh state rule in which the accusation quickly becomes the verdict. It's also convenient because homosexual persons really don't look different from anyone else, so the charge could seem plausible -- how many could tell by looking at the accused?

A life of hiding is onerous, but life in the hands of the religious police is short. It's not easy for us Westerners to understand a life of ongoing fear of authority, but this is the reality for billions today. Gays are part of a great population of fearful, suppressed subjects.

7:17PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

how brave the lesbians and gays of Iran are! God protect them and smite their enemies.

4:31PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

petition signed and good luck.

4:02PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

First @ David J..i find your use of "them" and "their problem" as offensive as the mumblings of Scott "..thou doeth protest to much" F..
And a thank you to all who have demonstrated tolerance, (though none would be required in a perfect world) as well as solidarity and compassion against this type of madness. ONE LOVE

11:57AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Thanks for the info.

11:10AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Ok maybe he does run a media agency, excuse my lack of knowledge of the TV programming. I don't consent to brainwashing so I was unaware he was in on it.

11:04AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

The Council on Foreign Relations decides what is news and if you research the corporations that own the media you will see that I am right.

http://www.whoownsthenews.com/

Murdoch has Jewish roots and plays a central role in many Zionist organisations and has been quite forthright about his support for extreme right-wing Zionists, such as Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon. His New York Post is one of the most pro-Zionist papers in America.

Marcus Agius is part of the Rothschild family and the senior non-executive director on the BBC.

Richard Branson doesn't even run a media agency as far as I know although he is Jewish.

Western 'democracies' seem to be the worst offenders for war and breeding all sorts of divisions.

I just want that there are no divisions at all. There is no reason to hate based on any differences. To hate Iran is just as bad as hating gays, especially when the only information most of you have is rumour.

I don't hate zionists but I will warn against believing what they say if it is breeding divisions about people they dislike.

Why you need to insult me over this I do not know.

11:01AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Zionism is a political movement. It has nothing to do with race. It is the opposite of Judaism and bears no resemblance in the principles.

Judaism states they will not have a homeland until the return of the Messiah (peace be upon him). Zionism is built around achieving a homeland. I have no problem with that except it is not Judaism but the opposite. I also disagree that blood of the inhabitants of the previous owners of that land should be shed. This is also against the Jewish Great Principle;

"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn."
—Talmud, Shabbat 31a, the "Great Principle"

I am a lover of Judaism and I fully support the Holy Torah. Do not give me the anti-Semite label as I have posted on Care2 for over a year and many of my posts defend Jews from those who would blame them for the atrocities carried out by Israeli apartheid policies and military occupation of Palestine even after 63 years.

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