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In an exclusive interview with Small Media, women’s

rights activist and lesbian campaigner Shadi Amin said, “Before the revolution it wasn’t really ‘easier’ for lesbians, it

was just easier to hide it. Actually, it was ‘easier’ after the revo-

lution because men and women were so segregated. But let’s be

clear, this segregation didn’t cause homosexuality, it just allowed it to flourish”

The available English-language literature depicts pre-

revolutionary Iran as a haven for homosexuality and homoerotic behaviour. Whether this is true is the subject of some debate, especially considering that the terms ‘homosexual’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘gay’ are Western constructs with very specific contexts and histories of use. Westerners visiting Iran are

often surprised by the level of physical contact between men with their male friends and by how intimate women are in

their platonic friendships with other women. Indeed, as one of our female researchers experienced, walking down the street hand-in-hand with a same-sex partner drew less attention than hugging a male friend during a greeting.

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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