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4.7. Bisexuality: a controversial topic

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?

4.7

Bisexuality: a controversial topic

// Although Lesbian Girl was comfortable coming out as

bisexual, a number of lesbian, gay and transgender Iranians are not accepting of bisexuality. On 17 March 2012 a debate took

place on the wall of Small Media’s secret LGBT Facebook group page about the call to eliminate ‘bisexuality’ from LGBT. Amir 36

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Hamjensgara had shared a blog post he had written on the topic asking,36

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“Can those who say bisexuals should be eliminated from the

LGBT community, and we should become LGTs instead, prove

that they are not bisexual themselves? Who will determine who is bisexual and who is not? … One thing is clear: sexual orientation towards the same sex is part of a bisexual’s sexual orientation … if a bisexual man or woman is attracted to someone from the same sex, what is the difference between him/her

and a homosexual? … When you make bisexuality a taboo, and marginalise them, the natural reaction is for bisexuals to keep

their sexuality secret and do you realise how harmful this could

be? Putting pressure on bisexuals to get them to call themselves

homosexual or to exclude them from homosexual society if they can’t will create a phenomenon called ‘ex-gay’, which will harm the theoretical and political-social prestige of our society and bring us disrepute”

// Group member Yar considered this movement to be an

“absolute conspiracy”, but Arash defended the call to ostracise bisexuals: “We’d be well pleased if bisexuals could figure themselves out soon and determine their path. I really don’t under-

stand why some people get so stressed when we say bisexuals

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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