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purgatory

intimate p os explore iran’s hidden gay community

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laurence rasti documents the people who have fled to turkey due to their home country’s deathly anti lgbtqi laws. in february 1979, the persian empire e to an end. after 2,500 years of a continuous monarchy, iran be e an islamic republic governed by sharia law – making homo uality a crime subject to the imprisonment, corporal punishment, and execution. at its core the issue is intercourse. any activity outside hetero ual marriage is viewed as a violation of religious law. interestingly, transgender people are considered hetero ual and will not be persecuted if they complete gender confirmation surgery, which may be partially funded by the state. as a result, iran ranks as second in the world, following thailand, for gender realignment surgeries. many gay men have been pressured by thei...