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4.1. First encounters

// Small Media believes that it is extremely important for

Iranians who are supportive of the LGBT rights movement to express their solidarity publicly, especially those who are not

gay themselves. Iran’s LGBT communities need to feel supported by as many strata of society as possible and when Iranian society embraces Iran’s LGBT citizens they will flourish.

Popular pro-Green Movement blogger Kamangir acknowledged the game in a post he published on 30 March 2008. The post, which generated 58 comments, began with the following anecdote,

“Last night I was having a discussion with a close friend … at

the end of the conversation he summed everything up beauti-

fully in one phrase. He said, ‘We Iranians hate two things, firstly, racism, secondly, Arabs’ … Well, in terms of my sexuality, I’m

‘straight’, and I don’t drink alcohol, and there is absolutely no

religious reason behind this. But this doesn’t mean that I should excommunicate everyone who doesn’t fit within the narrow framework of my own beliefs” 21 21

Kamangir’s blog post,

entitled “What’s your opinion about people being queer, in

terms of sexuality? – A weblog game”, is available from

http://persian.kamangir.net/

index.php?s=5pesar

// Kamangir continued, “This said, with the permission of my

dear friend I would like to invite my readers to a more general

game, which is called ‘What is your opinion about being sexually queer?’” Kamangir then invited people to partake in the dis-

cussion by ‘tagging’ them in his post. He offered a disclaimer

saying, “I haven’t invited some of my friends because I’m worried that writing about this subject might be problematic for them”.

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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