Arkan / Iran
“Life in Iran is impossible for too many reasons.” Arkan, from #Iran, was threatened by his father and extended family when they discovered he identified as a transgender man. He escaped to Turkey. “When I arrived in Turkey I was severely damaged mentally. Turkey is not safe for me, not because of Turkish society but because of the other Iranian refugees here. I feel safe amongst the other LGBT refugees living here, but the others try to abuse me as a girl.” Arkan says he attempted suicide six times while in Turkey awaiting resettlement. He now lives in Texas, USA. Photo by Bradley Secker
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