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Iran: UN experts demand stay of execution for two women LGBT rights activists
September 28, 2022
Iran must immediately stay the executions of two women sentenced to death for supporting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse (LGBT) people, a large group of UN-appointed independent human rights experts said.
How Iran Persecutes Some LGBTQ+ Members While Subsidizing Others
April 12, 2021
Iran is notoriously known for having oppressive laws and policies on the LGBTQ+ community that punish same-sex practices by flogging, incarceration, and capital punishment, and thus violating the most basic human rights. Despite such heavy dogmatist proclamations against LGBTQ+ people, in 1986, the theocracy’s very founder and the nation’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a religious decree not only recognizing transgender people, but officially favoring state subsidies for gender-confirmation surgeries (GCS). The disparity between gay rights, or lack thereof, and the unique policies supporting state-funded subsidies for trans people, is however, not an accident. 
Two Iranian Women Sentenced To Death For LGBT Activism
September 5, 2022

Two Iranian women have been sentenced to death for their activism in support of the country's LGBT community. The state IRNA news agency reported the sentences of Zahra Hamadani and Elham Chubdar on September 5, a day after the Hengaw human rights network said it had received reports that the two were informed of the punishment a few days earlier.

MYTH vs. FACT: Homosexuality & Gender Assignment in Iran
November 21, 2021
Iran has maintained and pursued policies which condemn and harshly punish homosexuality, a practice widely, and appropriately, criticized as a human rights violation. However, this government persecution does not apply equally to transgender individuals; gender reassignment surgery is legal in Iran, and formal gender recognition is supported by the Iranian theocracy.