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Two Iranian Men Reportedly Hanged For Being Gay

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73dff95a7970d-200wiThe Daily Beast reports that two Iranian men, Abdullah Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri, were hanged on August 6th, according to at least one report, for “consensual sodomy." Another report is not as specific about the crimes committed by these men but names them as “immoral villains.” Should it be proved that Chahzanjiru and Chahzanjiri were killed for being gay, the tragic event would only further propel the existing narrative that Iran doles out draconian punishments for its gay citizenry

In his piece in The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson points out that this latest human rights infraction comes as the U.S. is seeking to “engage” Iran diplomatically as tensions continue to escalate in neighboring Iraq due to the emergence of I.S.I.S. and the subsequent unraveling of now ex-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government. Interestingly enough, however, is who amongst this country’s political elite have taken up the mantle of activist humanitarians where the rights of LGBT Iranians are concerned. Michaelson writes:

In the topsy-turvy world that is international LGBT politics, Iran’s record on homosexuality is more a conservative cause than a liberal one…When Iran persecutes gay people, conservatives in the United States suddenly become enamored of gay rights—and bash the Obama administration for not doing enough to defend them. Thus the administration is hit from all sides—at a moment in which it is trying to pursue its dicey diplomatic agenda.

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  1. It's "hanged" above the waist and "hung" below.

    Posted by: SL | Aug 12, 2014 8:08:19 PM

  2. Religion continues to kill us.

    Posted by: Haterforagoodreason | Aug 12, 2014 8:15:46 PM

  3. Iran, where if you're not Islamic enough, they kill you. If they don't kill you, they rape, beat, humiliate, and maybe mutilate you until you never want to leave your residence again.

    Islam. The way of peace.

    Posted by: GX1Solo | Aug 12, 2014 8:19:31 PM

  4. @SL: Thank you! They got it right in the first sentence and wrong in the headline.

    Posted by: bigdownunder | Aug 12, 2014 8:20:41 PM

  5. you're right @sl. they may or may not have been hung, but they were both most definitely hanged.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 12, 2014 8:21:43 PM

  6. I remember the daily pro muslim articles on Towleroad. Why the outrage now?

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 12, 2014 8:45:58 PM

  7. yet the Iranian government will pay for up to 1/2 of gender reassignment surgery for those needing assistance

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 12, 2014 9:14:59 PM

  8. Forgot to add Iran has the second largest amount of gender reassignment surgeries in the entire world. Right behind Thailand

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 12, 2014 9:16:47 PM

  9. @ Hislv : does that mean it is OK to have gay sex if you wear a burka?

    Then there's the French version of the burka: and

    (some women decided to protest a burka ban by making a fashionable one).

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 12, 2014 11:08:29 PM

  10. Wow. Two gay men are killed by their government, and people are commenting about the proper use of "hung" vs "hanged"? WTF?

    Posted by: Paul O'Dwyer | Aug 12, 2014 11:43:08 PM

  11. Not saying that had it coming, but.....

    Posted by: Li'l Kiwiwi | Aug 13, 2014 12:25:35 AM

  12. "When Iran persecutes gay people, conservatives in the United States suddenly become enamored of gay rights"

    sentences like this are why daily beast is a joke and a rag
    Tina Brown turns anything she touches into the opposite of gold

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 13, 2014 3:00:04 AM

  13. This makes me so angry, this is barbaric, why can't we just send all the homophobic idiots to iran and africa and bring all the gays in africa and iran, over here, all gays on one side of the world and all homophobes on the other side and call it a day

    Posted by: frank | Aug 13, 2014 4:04:13 AM

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