Another arse of a cleric, Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, has said in a speech in Qom, Iran, citing the Koran:
Even animals … dogs and pigs don’t engage in this disgusting act [homosexuality] but yet they [western politicians] pass laws in favour of them in their parliaments.
He says this in a country where homosexuality is punishable by death under Sharia law in Iran. New amendments approved recently in the Islamic Assembly says that the person who plays an active role will be flogged 100 times if the sex is consensual and he is not married but the one who plays a passive role will still be put to death regardless of his marital status. [And this is what they mean when they speak of 'reforms'.]
Despite the outrages against gay people, there is an active underground gay and visible transsexual community.
I don’t know if you have seen the below must-see video on transsexuals in Iran. It makes you think how many would consider themselves gay if they were allowed to be gay in Iran.
In one clip, one says:
I am forced to undergo surgery… because of this society… This society says you must either be a man or woman… Society is forcing me…’
Another is asked: ‘If you were not in Iran, would you have the operation’. She responds ‘no’.
Another who has had the sex change operation says: ‘When someone is attracted to me, it’s as a girl… not someone dirty or corrupt.’
It shows very clearly how everything is coloured by religion when it rules and how oppressive it is for so many people who cannot conform (at least superficially) to the regressive rules. It also shows the unbelievable pressures people face not just from the state and society at large but from their nearest and dearest.
Watch it and if you can’t watch all of it, look at part 4 and 6 at the very least below the fold. You need to see this.
(News link Via Terry Sanderson)