Iranian Gay/Queer Activists and Activism
The chapter focuses on gay/queer activism among Iranian gay men, living inside of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It discusses what it means to be a gay activist, drawing attention to the socio-cultural context and particular historicity. It draws on interviews with gay-identifying Iranian males who could be seen/defined as activists, fighting for not only sexual rights but also political rights in general. Some of them moved out of Iran because of their activism, while others suffered at the hands of the authorities and were imprisoned. Blog sites and other social media sites are addressed, as those have been widely used by Iranian youth to express their dissatisfaction and voice their protests with authorities. These online platforms have also been used by gays, whether activists or not, to create an online community.
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