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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- Fall '07
- Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Iran Patrick Falby/Newsweek