“‘You will be executed and then you will go to hell.’ The most bitter sentence I have ever heard from the police.
In Iran, not only is homosexuality a crime, but it can even lead to executions.
Access to scientific resources is very limited due to censorship. Most psychologists working in Iran believe that homosexuality is a mental disorder and this attitude is very common in society.
I was born in Iran to a religious family, I had to not reveal my identity. I was under pressure from the traditional people and a government that completely denies our existence. I always had to hide, I was afraid of being harassed, after being arrested by the police, the worst thing in my life happened in the detention center. I was raped. From that day on, I always felt terrified, I always felt that danger was always with me and I would be a victim of rape again. I’m still afraid of being arrested.
Layoffs, leaving friends and family, arrests, sexual harassment, and the lack of a law for LGBT people were some of the reasons for leaving the country. I live in Germany now, but I can never forget the bitterness of rape.”