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3.4. Is homosexuality also a privilege?

Although we will never be able to find out exactly how many people have downloaded and read Raham’s “Military Exemp-

tion Guide” since it was first published, or how many of those

readers have successfully gained exemption from the military

based on their sexuality, the publishing and distribution of the guide is a perfect example of how the internet has been used in a very particular context to achieve a very particular goal.

The guide is by far the most popular of Raham’s blog entries. Raham recognised a niche lurking in the comments of his

original blog post on Our Little Dictatorship. His readers were both envious and impressed that he had successfully gained

an exemption and that it did not seem to be affecting his life

negatively. Raham then translated his experience into an easily digested format using the technology available to him and made the information freely accessible online.

// The narratives that conclude this report demonstrate how

important the internet is to LGBT Iranians. Even more inspiring are the diverse ways they use the internet to build community.

Over the past decade the internet’s popularity has increased significantly in Iran and accessibility has simultaneously

permeated all corners of the country. In the next section, we

analyse how diverse uses of the internet have developed according to the needs of both the LGBT com-munity and its detrac-

tors. We first examine the internet’s value from the perspective of LGBT bloggers before moving into an analysis of online

scholarly debates concerning the ongoing conflict between

Islam and homosexuality. // We then assess how successful the internet has been at playing ‘cupid’ to LGBT Iranians and inves-

tigate how it has been deployed as an apparatus for publishing censored literature and subverting the Iranian regime.

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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