My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, April 24, 2006

Persecution of Gays in Iran...

I doubt this report will make it to the gay press here in Canada.
The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!

Mr Forbes's nine-month investigation, published today by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran. His research reveals:

* Lynchings by Iran's security forces, and ‘honour killings' by families in the south western province of Khuzestan

* Secret hangings in prison

* The method of hanging is designed to cause slow, agonising strangulation

* Internet entrapment of gay Iranians using foreign-based online gay dating agencies

* A pattern of framing gay people on charges of kidnap, rape and paedophilia, as the following five sample cases suggest:

* The Gorgan case where two men were publicly hanged for Lavaat (sodomy) in November 2005

* Details of the Kermanshah case where three men were hanged in prison in November 2005 for sodomy that was alleged to have taken the form of the kidnap and rape of a younger male

* The Arak case of two men sentenced to death for sodomy in August 2005, which also involved the alleged kidnap and rape of a younger male, the son of an officer

* Two cases of public execution for sodomy in Mashhad in December 2004 and July 2005 that involved suspiciously similar charges

* Claims of rape are sometimes made to save the family's honour or to save the passive partner from execution, and are part of an Iranian government propaganda offensive to scapegoat and demonise gay people

* Comparisons with Saudi Arabia, where it is also suggested that bogus rape charges are levelled against gay men

* Hypocrisy of the mullah's attitudes towards the abuse of young girls, the rape of both males and females in custody, and widespread sodomy in religious colleges


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The gay press in Canada is left enough to support anybody who is against Bush? Like NDP'ers?

That's pretty ignorant.

7:50 PM  
Blogger montreal simon said...

Why wouldn't the gay press report on what is happening in Iran. Do you hate those who fight for our cause so much that you are willing to accuse them of that? Maybe they should do more. But maybe they've got a really good excuse. They're too busy fighting off the legions of anti-gay bigots in this country. The ones who support the Conservative party. The ones who hate you too...

9:18 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

Dear Mr. Montreal Simon: Too busy to fight anti-gay bigots in Canada to pay ANY attention to what's going on elsewhere. Boy, that's a flimsy excuse if I every heard it.

I've tried hard to get Capital Xtra to report on what is happening to gay people in the muslim world, and they just aren't interested.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon: I'm straight, married, card-carrying Conservative, and I have friends who are gay - not 'gay friends' mind you - because they're more than their sex lives. So chill out and have some compassion for other people in this world.

1:15 AM  

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