Iran admits that it does have gays

10th October 2007 22:20
PinkNews.co.uk writer

The President of Iran claims he was misrepresented by Western media when he was quoted as saying that there are no gays in Iran. A presidential aid now says that he simply meant not as many as in the United States.

Last month, PinkNews.co.uk quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reply to a question posed about homosexuality during his speech at New York’s Columbia University as: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country… In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it.”

Presidential media adviser Mohammad Kalhor today said: “What Ahmadinejad said was not a political answer. He said that, compared to American society, we don’t have many homosexuals,”

Kalhor told Reuters that due to historical, religious and cultural differences homosexuality was less prevalent in Iran and the Islamic world than in the West.

In August a newspaper, Shargh, was shut down for printing an interview with a lesbian poet, Saghi Ghahreman.

In July 2005, two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were executed sparking protests around the world. Since then, PinkNews.co.uk has reported on public executions and lynchings of gay people across the country.

1 Comment

  1. Oh! now there are gays…but not as much as the US!!! Is this a bad joke or what? the guy just keeps putting his foot in and dosn’t even realise he’s doing it. Has he gone around counting the number of gays in the US and then counting the gays in Iran? does he realise that because of his cruel, inhumane treatment of gays in Iran they are more in the closet than anywhere…so how do you count those Mr. President of Iran!


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