What Iran — yes, Iran — can teach America about the fight for LGBTQ rights

What Iran — yes, Iran — can teach America about the fight for LGBTQ rights
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[Ed. – Sounds like a perfect role model.]

According a report commissioned by OutRight Action International, Iranian lesbians are often married off in early puberty, as dictated by social custom; this can happen long before a girl realizes she is attracted to women rather than men. Iranian law doesn’t allow married women to refuse sex with their husbands, so married lesbians may be subject to repeated rape with no recourse, and divorce law privileges the husband when it comes to child custody, which means women typically have to leave their children if they leave their spouse. Legally speaking, women who engage in same-sex romantic contact (including hand-holding or kissing) are committing a criminal act, subject to 31–74 lashes, or 100 lashes if the contact involves the rubbing together of female genitalia. (Read more about the conditions for lesbians in Iran.)

Iranian trans women also experience a great deal of hardship. Although the state recognizes transsexuality as a medical condition that results in a person belonging to a gender different from the one assigned at birth, a trans person who cannot afford — or does not want — genital surgery is considered a cross-dresser, which incurs a legal penalty of 74 lashes.

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