Iran protests: LGBTQ community rises up

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04/18/2023

“Are you a degenerate,” asked the security officer interrogating a young bisexual woman arrested during the recent anti-government protests in Iran. The interrogator had searched the woman’s phone and come across her intimate conversations with her girlfriend. “What the hell are these chats? Are you a degenerate?” repeated the interrogator, his voice laced with disgust and using an offensive and derogatory Persian word which describes any form of same-sex attraction.

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