Iran’s Social Workers’ Association says homosexuals are normal people. “They are similar to us in every aspect… They are human beings like us,
“I must admit I am still in shook… I had to read this text three times to make sure my eyes are not playing tricks on me….”
The Head of Iran’s Social Workers’ Association says homosexuals are normal people. “They are similar to us in every aspect… They are human beings like us, they are quieter than others, and bother nobody…So why should we go after them? Simply because they speak effeminately we should give them a hard time? ”
In an precedented interview, Nameh News, a popular online news website inside Iran published a sympathetic article about homosexuality. The article starts with the story of a man who has MBA and speaks 3 languages but for the past 2 years has not been able to find a job because of his sexual orientation. The article refers to homosexuals as “a segment of the Iranian society whose status in our society is often neglected”.
The core of the article is an interview with Dr. Mostafa Eghlima, the head of Iran’s Social Workers’ Association about homosexuality.
Here is the highlight of his interview:
-Homosexuals are biologically different then other people.. This doesn’t make them a sinner or a criminal… This biological difference is something similar to difference in height: you can’t ostracized people from society because they are shorter than others….
– Those who are against homosexuals have a medieval age mentality.. We should see all men as God’s creatures and do not judge them base on their color, height, or social status…Those officials who are against homosexuals have no education in this field and cause a lot of social problems with their policies…
-No one can deny the right to life from these people… These people are not mentally challenged… It is the social and family pressure that drives these people to a corner.. Some family treat their homosexual members as if they have leprosy… If we don’t interfere in their lives, homosexuals will have no problem.. They don’t need surgery to change their body and increase their problems 10 fold…
– Homosexuals face discrimination in the job market, eve when they are the most qualified candidates… Should we punish a man because God has given him a different speech pattern? We have no right to harm God’s creatures.. Harming homosexuals is selfish and ignorant.. similar to harming someone because they are disabled.. Islam treats all people equally…If we were to follow the letter of the law, everyone should be treated the same… Homosexuals are like other human beings..They are quieter than other people and bother nobody…So why should we go after them? Simply because they speak effeminately we should give them a hard time? ”
– In this society from the government to the police give homosexuals a hard time… The family members make fun of them. Parents are nasty to them… They can find no job. What are they supposed to do? We have buried these people alive.. We have taken everything away from these people… This is inhumane and unislamic.
– In the past homosexuals had their place in the society and nobody bothered them…
Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission