Iran's queen of pop, Googoosh, has released a video in support of the country's gay and lesbian community, becoming the first prominent Iranian with such a huge following to speak out against homophobia. The video for her latest song Behesht Heaven , released on her Facebook page on Valentine's Day, portrays a lesbian couple in a relationship banned both by society and by their families. Navid Akhavan, who wrote and directed the video, said it had been viewed by thousands of Iranians online or via illegal satellite channels. But he added: "We knew from the start that because of its topic the video is going to be very controversial among Iranians, that's why we expected negative feedback too, but that hasn't bothered me, nor Googoosh.
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Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation's Shari'a laws, Pink News is reporting. The news comes just two days ahead of the release of a new report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Iran, which will highlight the problems they face in their own country and when they flee into exile, according to Gay Star News. I usually refer to Iran as 'your country' instead of 'my country' or 'our country. The contributor, identified only as a year-old gay man from Bandar Anzali, a harbor city on the Caspian sea, added, "Words can't describe how important the Internet is for me Because I live in a really small city, where the homosexual community is very secretive. The only way for me is the Internet.
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