Teens on growing up LGBTI in Iran: ‘My boyfriend was killed’

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06/17/2019

Teens have opened up about what it’s like to grow up LGBTI in Iran. Dozens of young people revealed they are ‘depressed’ and ‘frustrated’ by living in the Muslim-majority country. One even also said his boyfriend was killed by family members. The messages came after a tweet went viral among young people in Iran and the Middle East. ‘The depression and frustration that I see from the LGBT+ teens inside Iran on Twitter is terribly terrible,’ the tweet said in Arabic. ‘I was never so frustrated. Please respond with what hurts the most.’ One simply said: ‘Fear of a future you do not have.’ Another said their boyfriend was killed. ‘My family is harsh. My mother is relentless and had a bad feeling about my boyfriend. She informed my boyfriend’s parents and a week later his uncle had him killed. ‘I know my friends keep pushing me to marry the opposite sex. I really do not know what to do.’

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