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from outside the country. Degarbash is one of Radio Zamaneh’s most-read pages. It has been moderated by activist Saghi

Ghahraman since its launch and, in personal communica-

tion with Small Media, she advised, “The page’s content was also outlined in such a way that it would have a presence in

mainstream media, to have a better chance to reach the general public and influence parents and friends of the LGBT”.

Shohreh’s statement on Degarbash was directly targeted at

the families of LGBT Iranians. She explained, “From my point

of view, homosexuality is a natural emotion/sexual desire, like heterosexuality and bisexuality, the only difference being that it is not as widely known in society as heterosexuality is”. In

response to a mother who recently found out her child is gay Shohreh said,

“I want to say to this mother, and to all of the mothers in the

world, that we really have to pay attention to our children, and this doesn’t mean that we should try and change things based

on our own perspectives of what is right or what is good. If we

really want to be friends with our kids then we need to find out what homosexuality really means and listen very carefully to what our children have to say. Try to get correct information

about this subject and accept the outcome of that with love. At the very least, we must understand that homosexuals are born this way”

Omid responded to Shohreh’s progressive article saying,

“Real artists know that today’s generation, especially the

young, are appreciative of the value of such important things. Given the deplorable state of Iranian society today, famous people, especially artists, are very important. I hope more

people who understand this concept become proactive. There is no doubt that such actions would make them more popular”

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

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