Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Sex Changes in Iran

I never wanted to be a woman, really. Most of my gay friends are more masculine than any three national leaders you might pull off any of the so called "Christian Family Association" websites. (Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed, Alan Chambers) etc. Maybe these Iranian nuts are using the same fabricated research plans as our USA based groups like AFA, Focus on the Family, etc.

What horrible decisions for some GLBT Iranians I guess. Do I stay and be forced to have my manhood wacked off with a governement ordered "sex change" , or do I get to Canada somehow and stay a man? (you know Canada, up North of us - where the Statue of Liberyy will be moved to soon) , ....or try to get papers and into the USA despite all the pastors who to jail me down the road, or fire me, or restrict my freedoms. Hell, I would be out buying a Parka and Mapquesting the shortest route from Iran to Quebec City. (love QC!)

Our governments lack of response to the murder of gay teens in Iran was totally PATHETIC.

Iran wants all gays to get sex-change operations

Iranian government policies encourage all gays to get a sex-change operation, the Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization claimed July 19.
"[The] Iranian government does not recognize homosexuals' rights in Iran," the group said. "They publicly declare that there are no legal limits for transsexuals and legally they can have a transgender surgery. ... They use this as an excuse to deny existence of homosexuals and believe that every one should be a heterosexual man or woman. According to this belief, everyone that has a 'problem' should have an operation and 'transform' her/himself."
After such surgery, transsexuals are left to fend for themselves, PGLO said.
"No social prospect is provided after the operation and many of them have to fall into prostitution in order to make a living," the activists said. "Denial of homosexuals in the country, their oppression and complete ignorance of their rights has caused many homosexuals to live in the worst psychological and social condition which results in frequent suicides, depression and seeking asylum to other countries."
Meanwhile, on July 19, activists in around 15 nations staged public protests, with PGLO's support, against Iran's alleged executions of gay men. The date was the first anniversary of the public hangings of teenage boys Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni in the Iranian city of Mashad -- either because they were lovers (according to local gays and some international activists) or for the crime of raping a 13-year-old boy (according to the government and other international activists).
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Watch opposed the public demonstrations, saying they've been unable to confirm that Asgari and Marhoni were hanged for being gay. The two organizations staged a competing event the same day in New York City to discuss strategies for dealing with Iran's confirmed abuse and torture of gay people.
Several activists who focus on international affairs claim to have gathered evidence that debunks IGLHRC's and HRW's doubts, but other international activists, and some journalists, remain concerned that the evidence is not conclusive.
In the days before and after July 19, individuals from the two camps engaged in an increasingly vitriolic exchange on public Internet mailing lists, questioning each other's tactics, competency, motivations and allegiances -- at times resorting to personal attacks.

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