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5.8. Gay male questionnaire responses

much so that I can never really get enough … I like music, and my

favourite music is pretty much 90% pop. My favourite singers are

Googoosh, Ajda Pekkan, Shohreh, Ramesh, Madonna, and Siavash Ghomeishi. I have many hopes and dreams for the future and

although they are not big, they seem nearly impossible to achieve given the current situation. I would like to live in peace with a

lover, but I wouldn’t like to have a repetitive life like some people

have … I don’t like political and religious ideologies or fanaticism. If homosexuals were free in Iran, I’d like to stay here, but in the

current climate, I’d like to live anywhere BUT Iran. England, Australia, the Scandinavian countries, America and Canada are the

best options. My ideal job would be related to news and politics.

I like journalism but now that I haven’t studied journalism in an

academic context, I guess I’d better find a job with a high income in my own field so that I can become independent more quickly”

// Reaction of family and friends

“The first person I came out to was my cousin. I was alone,

in a bad space, and I really needed to talk to someone. He was

a medical student and was born and raised in the US. I thought he’d understand, but he didn’t. He made my life immensely

difficult after I told him and it wasn’t until he tested me and

interrogated me that he finally accepted I was truly gay … I’m

sure if I had been open about being gay [in society] I would have been abused. But if I say that I even see myself as being part

of this society, I’d be telling the biggest lie of my life. I don’t see myself as part of this society at all and that’s because of my

homosexuality and the Iranian people’s mentality about homo-

sexuality … I usually say ‘your country’ instead of ‘my country’ or ‘our country’ … In June 2009 I voted for the first time and I voted

for Karoubi. It’s a long story and all I can really say is that I didn’t vote for reform, I voted for him because I thought it would lead

to the collapse of the Islamic Republic … At the moment, whether I like it or not, I’m pretty active in what’s happening in terms of

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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