Being gay in Iraq and Iran

Sometimes when I reflect on our fight for equal civil rights for the LGBT community here in the United States, I’m drawn to the horrific stories of what other countries and cultures are doing to our LGBT brothers and sisters. Check out the Iranian law on homosexuality:

Article 108: Lavat is an act of congress [vati] between males whether in [the form of] penetration or of tafkhiz (the rubbing of thighs/of the penis against thighs).
Article 109: Both the active and passive partners to lavat are subject to the hadd [punishment].
Article 110: The hadd [punishment] for lavat where penetration has occurred is death and the method of execution is at the discretion of the Sharia judge.
Article 111: Lavat is punishable by death so long as both the active and passive partners are mature, of sound mind, and have acted of free will.
Article 112: If a mature man commits an act of lavat with a minor the active partner [i.e. mature man] will be executed and the passive partner will, unless he has acted under duress, receive up to 74 lashes of the whip.
Article 113: Whenever a minor commits an act of congress [vati: i.e. whether penetrative or in the form of “tafkhiz or similar acts”] with another minor [both] will receive up to 74 lashes unless one of them has acted under duress.

The trumped up case of one such suspect of “Lavat” proves how perilous it is to live as a gay man in a country like Iran, and how desperately important it is for humane societies to give those men asylum.

After the jump, the new forms of torture they’re using against gays in Iraq.

I’m especially moved by stories of how the LGBT community has suffered in Iraq after George W. Bush’s invasion, and feel a sense of outrage that is born from the sense if we had not invaded, based on lies in the first place, then many of our LGBT brothers and sisters in Iraq would not be living in a more militant Shiite anti-gay society. Of course, those on the Talibangelical right, I’m sure, see this development as a plus. The next story, about a new form of torture being inflicted on gay men, is truly horrific:

As the murder campaign targeting Iraqi gays intensifies, a leading Arabic television network last week revealed the use of a horrifying new form of lethal torture against Iraqi gay men – anti-gay Shiite death squads are sealing their anuses with a powerful glue, then inducing diarrhea, which leads to a painful and agonizing death.

The use of this stomach-turning new torture was first reported by the Al Arabiya network, which is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and was alerted to the story by a leading Iraqi feminist and human rights activist.

Ali Hili is also mentioned in the article. He is an Iraqi gay rights activist who operates out of London, through Iraqi LGBT, and attempts to save gays in Iraq by operating safe houses throughout the country, and trying to provide them asylum.

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