Category: Sexuality

Video/ Being LGBT in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Video/ Being LGBT in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Pakistan is one of the world’s least tolerant countries when it comes to homosexuality. Being gay is illegal in the Islamic republic and carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Gay men are often accused of bringing shame to their families and commonly face violence — sometimes even murder. Gay-focused apps like Grindr, Scruff, and ManJam offer a discreet way for Pakistan’s LGBT community to connect and socialize, but they’re also risky: A man was recently arrested for allegedly using the apps to lure gay men and kill them. VICE News went to Pakistan to unravel the country’s underground gay scene and examine the ways that technology is being used to achieve sexual freedom.

Video/ Meet Iran’s gay mullah forced to flee the country – BBC News

Video/ Meet Iran’s gay mullah forced to flee the country – BBC News.

In Iran, homosexuality is banned and punishable by execution under its strict code of sharia, or Islamic law. In a country dominated by the religious class, being gay is taboo, and especially among the establishment. One Iranian gay cleric, who conducted gay weddings in secret, was forced to flee the country, and has been threatened with death. BBC Persian’s Ali Hamedani reports. Video Journalist: Kelvin Brown