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IRAN EXECUTES 2 GAY TEENAGERS by inspiredcreativity IRAN EXECUTES 2 GAY TEENAGERS by inspiredcreativity

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Even though this took place 5 years ago, in 2005, it still haunts, along with over 4000 lesbians and gay men who have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979, to 2005. I have no numbers for the last 5 years, but there is no reason to believe it has abated.

While we suffer some Homophobia in the Western world, there are some countries where GBLT boys, girls and adults, live in terror of discovery, facing being ostracized, fined, imprisoned, lashed, and death. Imagine finding anyone to love, then remember they cannot live together, must avoid others seeing them together too much, always hiding. If you are born effeminate, it must be a nightmare. I would bet that suicide for GBLT people is very high in these countries.

In the following Countries, being GBLT may mean that you are fined, imprisoned, lashed, and/or sentenced to death, and all are based in Christian or Islamic based homophobia:

Iran, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe (home of Robert Mugabe), to name the worst;

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambi, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe;

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen;

Antigua and Bermuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago;

Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Western Samoa.

NOTES: These are updates about Laws in certain Countries. However, it should be noted that the laws on the books and what is actually done in Police Stations and in Prisons, such as Torture, can be different in some countries:

kuchinawa has updated me on India, which legalized Homosexuality in July of 2009. It's also one of the only societies that lets people legally register as third gender. Great News, Thank You Daniela.

magicianmaxx has updated me on Turkey. "Until now in the Turkish history, no LGTT person has been imprisoned or given any punishment...there is not such a law to give punishments for having homosexual relationships. The only constraint is military which doesn't allow homosexuality." Great News, Thank You David.

Simply-Different94 has updated me on the United Arab Emirates (UAE):
(1) You can be gay but not say it in a very open way in work...but you may dress the way you want...if you openly announce your homosexuality, the worst think that can happen is getting fired.
(2) If you show your homosexuality in public only you will be arrested but NOT tortured or harmed in anyway..and you will be in jail for a 1 day only.
(3) Homosexual sex is still not allowed BUT all types of sex are not allowed either before marriage..even if it's straight...this is because the Islamic laws.

shnoogles has updated me on Oman:
1- There are laws against homosexuality
2- The cases go to the court only if a scandal was involved to the public
3- In courts, they put you in jail for 3 years with/or paying fine
4- Homosexual sex is not allowed along with other kinds of sex before marriage because of Islamic laws and rules.


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This picture says a lot more then what has happened. I hate how Islam in Arab countries prevents Human nature such as being Gay, Lesbian, and Trans!
This isn't right! I'm a Muslim and a Gay Rights Supporter! It's wrong that this happened, I wish they were not discovered and went to America or some better place. :( I hate how people can't stand Gays, because think about it...

What if Gay was Straight and Straight was Gay? We'd all be judged if we weren't Gay...

May these two men rest in peace, and have happiness in Heaven were there is no judgment!
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Ahmadko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i Live in IRAN and i remmember this execution  
they have killed 50 people for no reason
this is why they have executed
donot say any thing since you are not in IRan ok? and Thank you
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment.  I am not sure I understand your english.  I do not know who "they" are.  Is "they" Iranian officials or the two boys?

If you are saying that Iran has executed (killed) 50 more people, then this is very, very sad. I hope that someday the executions will stop.

If you are saying that the two boys killed over 50 people, this is not true, the two boys never killed anyone.  My story was verified by multiple sources within Iran, and widely reported around the world.  I also talked with someone in Iran (here on DA) who verified it.

Things that happen in every country of the world are talked about in the world community. When bad things happen in the United States, in Europe, in Africa, Asia, Russia, Australia, etc, it is talked about.  If we do not talk about the bad things happening in the world, we have no chance to learn for those mistakes and try to stop it from happening again.

Religions are made up of people and people can be very evil and cruel.  Evil and cruel people hide behind religion as use religions as justification for their evil and cruel acts.  This is true in ALL religions.  I do not blame the religion, I blame the people.  

When the people of a country support evil acts, or say nothing and do nothing to stop the evil, then it is the people who must be planed as well.  When many Americans supported torture in Iraq, I spoke and acted against it.  Now it is against the law for Americans to torture.  The Sacred Quran does not support such murder as has been happening in Iran. 
Lalunabluena Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do countries like this still execute people for being gay?
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, there are still some countries who execute homosexuals or give them life in prison sentences.  Iran also intimidates and forces Sexual Reassignment Surgery on homosexual men and women. In other words, a Gay man would have his penis and testicles removed and given breasts, and a Lesbian would be given a penis and have her breasts taken away.  This is very different from a Transgender person who feels trapped in the body of the wrong gender and who desire a Sexual Reassignment Surgery and hormone treatment therapy.  Iran forces men to become women and women to become men.  This is why Iran claims they have no homosexuals, because they are FIXING the problem.  Iran has the highest rate of Sexual Reassignment Surgery in the world.
Lalunabluena Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So basically the gay men and women of Iran (and possibly some other countries like Iran) get a forced sex change operations. That is just incredibly sick.   
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Terrible things are done in the name of Gods.  The blame does not go to the teachings of a religion, it goes to the people who use religion as an excuse to be cruel, to commit atrocities against humanity, to feel superior over others, to wield power over others, to force their personal beliefs on others.  

In Christianity, Jesus does not say a single word, not one hint against homosexuality or homosexual sex.  This is important if you consider that Jesus would have been exposed to same sex behavior in Judea, where he was born and raises.  Judea was part of the Roman Empire and had large numbers of Roman garrisons and citizens.  Homosexual sex was part of the standard Roman sexual spectrum and was openly practiced.  We now know that Jesus was raised in an urban area heavily populated by Romans (his father was a carpenter).  In the some 34 years of the life of Jesus, he was bound to have known about homosexual sex, but chose not to ever say a word against it.

The Hebrews and Jewish faith have never interpreted the story of Sodom & Gomorrah as having anything to do with homosexuality.  In fact, even the Christian faith did not interpret the story being about homosexuality until AD 1100, over a thousand years after the death of Jesus Christ.  It all hinges on the use of one word, the word KNOW.

Genesis 19:5 : And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may KNOW them.

While the Hebrew word for KNOW appears over 900 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, only approximately 1% (13-14 times) of those references is it clearly used as a euphemism for realizing sexual intimacy.  Instead, the demand to KNOW should be interpreted as demanding the right to interrogate the strangers.  The sins of Sodom & Gomorrah were many, but mostly based in INHOSPITALITY & GENERAL WICKEDNESS.  To the Nomadic Hebrews, inhospitality was one of the greatest sins possible.

Next, we move to the New Testament, to Paul.  The only time that homosexuality is alleged to be spoken about in the New Testament, is by Paul, in romans and Corinthians. Paul and the other writers of the New Testament wrote in Coptic Greek.  There is no word in Coptic Greek for homosexuality or same-sex sex, as it was simply considered normal 'sex.'   The translators who translated the Coptic Greek into Latin (and from Latin to English and other languages), took two words that Paul used and claimed that the pair of words used together mean same-sex sex.  This is an outright lie.  Any scholar of Coptic Greek can show that that word-pair is not used to mean same-sex sex anywhere else in the literature of the times.  It means something else.  If you want to know the exact details of this, I will be happy to send it to you.

CONCLUSION:  For most of Christian history, Christians have been systematically torturing, executing, murdering, imprisoning, beating, and discriminating against Sexual Minorities, and it still continues to this day.  Even ion the United States, Homosexuals were put in prison until 2003.  As a young man, I saw homosexuals tortured using electric shock to the genitals.  It was a called "Aversion therapy." The victim would be shown gay pornography and then electrocuted.
See THE TORTURE OF HOMOSEXUALS by inspiredcreativity The Torture Of Homosexuals - 1950s to 1980s 

Even now, half of the boys and 30% of the girls who commit suicide or attempt to do so, are Sexual Minorities. EVERY YEAR, about 640,000 Sexual Minority Kids, some as young as 12 years old, go onto the street, and 39% of those were thrown out of their homes after “Coming Out” or discovery of their homosexuality or bisexuality, because of conflicts with moral and religious values. The vast majority of those parents are Christians.  In other words, we have made a lot of progress here in the United states, but still have a long way to go.

Moleman9000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It disgusts me that people make a big deal of gay marriage and forcing it to become legal here while ignoring ACTUAL hate crimes like this which they should be focusing on stopping instead.
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is basically impossible to directly influence religious laws in the Arab world.  No amount of threats, embargoes or isolation will change it.  The change will eventually happen internally, but it will take a long time.  Remember that they are indoctrinated in religious based hatred, just as so many Christians are in the world.  As I will show below, today we still have atrocities committed against Sexual Minority people here in the United States, especially against children.

Past 1989, only the United States, Congo, Pakistan and Iran were executing children, with the United State executing more children than all the rest combined, until 2005. The only thing that stopped the execution of children in the United States was a slim 1 vote majority in the Supreme Court, or we would still be doing it today.  In Texas and Colorado, they sped up the executions in anticipation of the Court ruling.  If it was up to the American majority (the vast majority being Christian), we would still be executing juvenile offenders, which is not much better than what Iran is doing.  Americans have little moral ground to stand on.  

When dealing with issues of Social Injustice and Bigotry, it is important to start at home, in your own house, then in your community, then in your state and then in your country and then internationally.  The United States is seen by many people in the world as hypocritical, because we are such big violators of Human Rights, and then we point at other countries and say they are bad people for violating human rights.  The United States (which includes me) is one of the worst violators of Human Rights in the civilized world.  The United States cannot even sign the International Human Rights Treaty, because we violate most of the sections.

The United States is the ONLY COUNTRY in the world not to sign the RIGHTS OF THE CHILD section of the International Human Rights Treaty. This is because we were still executing children until 2005, and because the United States is the only country in the world sentencing children (as young as 11) to Life in prison with no chance of release, a violation of the International Human Rights Treaty, and we do it routinely with many thousands of children sentenced this way.  We also routinely try children as young as 11 as adults, at the sole discretion of elected prosecutors.  For the same exact crime, one juvenile might get almost no punishment, while another gets life in prison with no chance of release.  We also cannot sign the other sections of the treaty, like the Rights of WomenRights of Immigrant Workers, Rights of of Prisoners, and even the main section of the treaty, because we violate ALL of them routinely, and some even by law.

I was born in 1955.  While I was growing up, the murder, torture, imprisonment and discrimination against sexual minorities was normal.  There was even a special prison a lot of it was done in, called Atascadero, in California (federal). Homosexuals were lobotomized by using an instrument like an ice-pick then was inserted through the eye socket and up into the brain, where parts of the frontal lobes were scraped out, turning men into vegetables. Homosexuals were also subjected to aversion therapy, where electrodes were connected to their testicles, penis, arms, legs and torso, the shocked with high current electricity, which burned and scarred the skin.  The electric shock torture was done on children suspected of homosexuality up entail recent times.  It is still done in the United States today, but is a lot less common.  

Gay bashing and murder was somewhat of a sport for young men in the United States. There was a case in the state of Maine where three young men murdered a gay man and were caught in the act.  The jury found them innocent.  A juror then told a reporter, on TV, that it would be a shame to ruin the lives of such nice young men, just for killing some faggot.  In my business, working on merchant ships (not military), they simply killed anyone they believed was gay, by tossing you over the side of the ship to drown.  Being outed in America meant losing your job, career, your professional licenses (like doctor or lawyer), and often your family and freinds.  Your name was often published in the town newspaper, along with your address and phone number.  Those who did not kill themselves ended up surviving in the Gay ghettos of the largest cities.  As a young man, I was in an underground Gay Community.  My partners had to be kept a secret or I would lose my job and career and likely my life.

There has been great progress towards acceptance and equal rights in America, for Sexual Minorities, but we still have a long way to go.  Last week I talked with a 14-year-old girl who was just thrown out onto the streets by her Christian parents, after the discovered that she was a Lesbian.  EVERY YEAR, about 640,000 GBLT Kids, as young as 12 years old, go onto the street, and 39% of those were thrown out of their homes after “Coming Out” or discovery of their homosexuality or bisexuality, because of conflicts with moral and religious values. The vast majority of those parents are Christians.   In America, Half (50%) of ALL boys who attempt or succeed in killing themselves, are Gay or Bisexual.  When you include girls, 30% of ALL CHILDREN who attempt or succeed in killing themselves, are Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, or Transgendered.  This is an ATROCITY comitted against Sexual Minority children in the United States.

Gay Marriage is just one more step to get us closer to equal rights under the law, and hopefully, eventually, to general acceptance in society of Sexual Minorities.  The horrors of American torture of Sexual Minorities is still fresh in kurt memories and it happened in many of our lifetimes. We have just as much right to the legal protections and benefits, and social benefits of marriage as any other person.  Muslims and Christians both seem to believe that their religion gives them the right to be bigoted agains Sexual Minorities, to discriminate against them, deny them basic rights and justice, and in some countries to imprison, torture and murder/execute Sexual minorities, all in the name of their god and their righteousness.  Apparently such Christians never bothered to read the words of Christ (as witnessed by Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).

By-the-way, I am not against Christians or Muslims, as I believe that the majority of both (many millions of people) are not heavily or rabidly bigoted against Sexual Minorities, but that still leaves a lot of them who are.

IRAN:  Yes, what the Iranians are doing is horrifying and disgusting, and the Untied States and the UK governments chose not to say anything publicly about the execution of those boys, which is also horrifying and disgusting.  

Anyway, my point was to show you that the best place to start fighting against bigotry and injustice, is in our own heart, then in our own families, then you can work on what is going on in school or the workplace, in your community, your state, your country and internationally.

All the best,  Matthew

Moleman9000 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But I am against gay marriage. What I was saying is that the efforts continuing to be taken to force it to become legal throughout the country should instead be redirected toward eliminating actual atrocities against homosexuals like this.

Also, that was quite the comment you just made in any case.
curiousprintery Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
I don't see any logical reason to be against gay marriage. And just because there is one insane injustice doesn't mean you shouldn't get rid of the comparatively small injustice. This is basically like saying that childrens' rights shouldn't be improved if they are not perfect yet because in some African countries and, say, India children are off much worse than in western countries.
And gay marriage is not forced onto anyone. No one has to gay marry. XD
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