The Islamic Republic has taken a new step in persecuting LGBT individuals. For the first time in Iranian history, two lesbians have been sentenced to death. One of the detainees, Zahra Sadiqi Hamedani, also known as Sareh, talked to BBC Persian in May 2021 and stated, “My biggest hope in life is to raise the rainbow flag in Iran and shout the fact that we exist.”
Five months later, she was detained by Iran’s revolutionary guard. Now aged 31, she has been tried and condemned to death along with Elham Choubdar. Sareh was not a well-known LGBT activist, but she did have a prominent Instagram account among Iran’s Azeri and Kurdish communities. She had also spoken with international media about the plight of LGBT populations in Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Accordingly, Sareh told BBC she doesn’t want other women like her to go through forced marriage and abuse. Her goal is to raise awareness, so others, including her children, know what freedom means and empower them to choose to be different freely.
Sareh was reportedly arrested while trying to seek asylum in Turkey near the Iranian border, where a large Iranian LGBT community has been exiled. Her sentence and conviction were confirmed by Monday, September 19, 2022. Despite not having evidence for these accusations, the government found her guilty of human trafficking and “corruption on Earth” – an anti-Islamic definition under Iranian law.
The human rights organization described Sareh as a “gender-nonconforming human rights defender” who was detained “as a result of her social media posts in defense of LGBT rights.” The survey by Real Research aims to find out public opinion on the abuse faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community surviving in Muslim states. The survey also seeks to know views on the future for such individuals stemming from this community.
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