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Erin McClure Interview: On Being Gay in Iran Patrick Falby/Newsweek Online Online Exclusive Article/Para.1-12 “On Being Gay in Iran” is an online article/interview written on 9/28/07 by Patrick Falby about how homosexual men and women are treated in Iran in contrast to the manner in which they are perceived in the United States. Although same sex relationships are becoming increasingly well accepted in the world, there are still many countries that persecute individuals solely based on their sexuality. The purpose of the interview is to show Americans the pain and intolerance that gay, lesbian, and bisexual people face every day in Iran and in many countries across the globe. Falby conveys his message with pathos and kairos through emotionally charged words and photographs in a timely impactful interview. The author speaks with a gay man who was born and raised in Iran, and finally in his thirties claimed asylum in the U.S. where he would be free to practice his sexuality.
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Unformatted text preview: After his denial of the existence of gay people in his country during a speech at Columbia University, Iranian President Ahmadinejad brought a taboo subject to light in the United States. Reza, the author’s interviewee, wonders how a country can deny the gay men and women in his country, but acknowledges that even his own mother is not aware of what it is to be homosexual. If a person chooses a same sex relationship in Iran, he or she must live a life of utmost secrecy or risk his or her life to love whomever they choose. Religious leaders have been recorded as having ordered gay men to be whipped and killed, although the government denies such claims. The country’s punishment for sodomy is death, thereby creating a constant fear to those who practice an alternative lifestyle. Although many countries have made significant progress, the country of Iran will not be a safe home for homosexual men and women anytime in the near future....
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