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5.6. Transgender questionnaire responses

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// Trust

“I’ve always trusted everyone and told everyone all my secrets.

I’ve never lied and I’ve always said everything to friends and

strangers alike. I’ve said to people that my ‘existence was inde-

terminable’, and some people abused this information and some didn’t. I’m not homosexual but I am a sexual minority, and this is a huge problem in this country. Trusting people in the virtual world is easier because you are not as afraid of getting hurt by someone who is thousands of kilometres away from you”

// Coming out

“I’m not homosexual but I do understand how they feel and

know a lot about their struggle. Despite what others think, I

don’t look at homosexuals differently. I realised I was different

when I was three or four years old, but I don’t remember when I found out that I wasn’t alone. When I found out, I was actually very upset to know that there are some other people suffering

the same problem. I didn’t want anyone else to have to experience this pain”

// The virtual world

“It’s been eight years since I first connected to the internet

and now it’s an inseparable part of my life. Before the internet I

had a ‘normal’ life ... I use the internet for talking with my virtual friends, those friends that understand me without having even met me or seen me in real life. They like me without seeing/

meeting me, not like those people I’ve been with my whole life who’ve never understood me. These days I spend about eight

hours a day online and if one day I can’t go online, it feels like a chunk of me is missing. I’m so used to the internet and my

online friends because I don’t have any true friends in real life. I

use ADSL to go online and I’ve got to know many people via the

internet. I’ve only ever met one person in real life that I talked to

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

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