Posts tagged ‘refugee’

October 29, 2011

It’s illegal to be me.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) airs a Special Assignment documentary on the plight of LGBT refugees in that country.  A must watch!

Via  Care2

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November 16, 2010

Life in Iran

The stories from different parts of the world are all unique but there is often a common thread of strength and bravery.  Here is an interesting story from the Toronto Star ( my favorite hometown paper) about an Iranian man who just had to be himself even in the face of one of the ugliest and most homophobic nations on earth.

“Sapahrara was unwilling to bow to a culture and a system he considers wrong. “If I don’t have the right to choose my own clothes, then why be alive?”

Beneath the surface, under the tight clothing and shiny necklaces, there is a simmering rage. He wears glittery tops and eyeliner in memory of his male-to-female transgendered friend Mahsa Cheraghi, killed by her brother at home, and Ali Behbahani, another friend who was murdered late at night by a man known for picking up transgendered women for sex around Tehran’s infamous Daneshjoo Park, a popular meeting spot for transgendered youth.”

Read more here.