Gays Live in Fear
(the Press Statement from
PGLO (Persian Gays &
Accountable for Violating Gay
Op-Ed by Paula Ettelbrick,
of the International Gay and Lesbian
Human Rights Commission
Amir, a gay Iranian, after receiving 100 lashes
courtesy Outrage!, London)
LONDON, September 20 – The
bruised and bloodied body of a 22 year old gay Iranian, Amir, bears further witness
to the brutality of the Ayatollah’s regime. Yet many gay and human
rights groups in “the West” are sweeping the matter under the carpet,
Amir escaped Iran after the
authorities threatened him with execution for being gay – but not before he
was subjected to the barbarism of 100 lashes, which left his back covered in
huge bloody welts.
A copy of Amir’s story, together
with photos of his savage injuries, has been sent to the British LGBT human
rights group OutRage! by Iranian LGBT activists.
“This is a further example of the
violent homophobia of the Iran’s Islamic fundamentalist regime,” fumed Brett
Lock of OutRage!
“OutRage! is appalled that large
sections of liberal and left opinion in the West shows little concern
regarding the murderous brutality of the clerical fascist regime in Tehran.”
“We deplore the gullibility of many
gay, left and human rights groups concerning the abuse of LGBT human rights
“Too many are willing to believe
the smears and slurs of the Iranian government and state-approved newspapers
“When two young men were executed
for same-sex acts in the Iranian city of Mashad in July, some left and human
rights organisations accepted at face value claims by the state-controlled
media that the youths were hanged for rape.
“Similar gullibility has been shown
by some left-wingers. They have long swallowed Iran's homophobic propaganda.
“Believing the stories in Iran’s
state-sanctioned media is like accepting the news as reported by the press
in Franco’s Spain or Pinochet’s Chile.
“Where are the left-wing campaigns
in western countries to support the freedom struggles of Iranian LGBTs,
women, democrats, socialists and workers,” Lock asked?