Friday, September 28, 2007

A.M. and M.A.

At the United Nations this week, everyone laughed when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that there were no gay people in Iran.

I'm sure the laughter continued later at a press conference when Mr. Ahmadinejad continued by saying...

"Seriously, I don’t know of any."

And I'm sure there was even more laughter when a journalist told Mr. Ahmadinejad that he knew of a few homosexuals in Iran and Ahmadinejad said...

"As for homosexuality, I don’t know where it is. Give me an address so that we are also aware of what happens in Iran."

Give him an address, so that those homosexuals known by this journalist can be added to the over 4,000 gay and lesbians that have been executed in Iran since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979.

Gay men - - no, gay teenagers - - like Mahmoud Asgari, age 16, and Ayaz Marhoni, age 18 who were publicly executed in Iran on July 19, 2005 for the "crime" of homosexuality.

They were hanged in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north east Iran. They were sentenced to death by Court No. 19.

According to the UK Gay News story...

"Iran enforces Islamic Sharia law, which dictates the death penalty for gay sex.

"One youth was aged 18 and the other was a minor under the age of 18. They were only identified by their initials, M.A. and A.M.

"They admitted – probably under torture, London-based gay human rights group Outrage! suggests – to having gay sex but claimed in their defence that most young boys had sex with each other and that they were not aware that homosexuality was punishable by death.

"Prior to their execution, the teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and severely beaten with 228 lashes."

Here they are, just prior to their execution.

Not so funny now, is it?

I am the LAST person who wants the United States to enter into a war with Iran, but allow this story to remind us of a few things...

Let's remember that gay men were the lowest of the low in the concentration camps.

Let's remember that Harvey Milk's murderer got off with little more than a slap on the wrist because he ate a Twinkie.

Let's remember that President Ronald Reagan didn't even say the WORD AIDS for YEARS into his presidency and allowed our loved ones to die horrific, painful deaths while he did NOTHING to stop it.

Let's remember that we're hated. That for some reason, men can kill each other but we mustn't kiss each other.

But most of all, let's remember these two teenage boys who Iranian history only wanted to call "A.M. and M.A."

Ayaz Marhoni and Mahmoud Asgari.

Thank you again and again to NightCharm for posting this powerful story.

NightCharm is a porn blog of sorts. See? We can have dicks AND brains - - at the same time.


Shirley Heezgay said...

Thank you for putting this out there.

Valyna said...

That is so shocking and heartbreaking... The ignorance and hatred that brews inside people just boggles my mind. There is absolutely no sense or humanity in brutalizing or killing people just for loving one another. All of it makes me completely sick. I'm so ashamed that this is the world we live in.

Stephen Rader said...

Shirley & Valyna - Thank you so much. It's amazing that these two boys died for the "crime" of homosexuality and they may have just been been fooling around with each other - - they might not have even been gay!

Master Aaron said...

Aw crap, now I have to go throw up again. This world is giving me an ulcer AND a spastic colon. Thanks for pointing up this story. I had heard about it, but a picture is a girl's best friend. Somethin' like that.

Stephen Rader said...

Master Aaron - Yeah, the picture really brings it home, doesn't it?

Dana said...

It's sad. He's trying to make his country sound so holy, but it only just ends up making him sound stupid. The idiot.

Stephen Rader said...

Dana - "He's trying to make his country sound so holy, but it only just ends up making him sound stupid."

Sounds like another leader we know, doesn't it?

Not that Type of Raven said...

Whether these young boys were gay or not it's still a terrible waste of life.

Stephen Rader said...

Raven - I completely agree. A horrible waste of life.

Eleanor Rigby said...

Thanks for posting this , I was certainly bothered with all the media coverage the laugh about Iran being homosexually free got, and I just was stunned and appalled that people thought this was funny ! Jeez our press really don't do there jobs anymore , it should have been mentioned on network news that they KILL all gays , but I guess since gays here in the good Ol USA are not even protected yet with anti hate legislation so it's ok to kill gays, all of our journalist are to busy chasing Paris , Britney and Lindsey , this country of our's is seriously great and at the same time FUCKED !

Stephen Rader said...

Eleanor Rigby - "this country of our's is seriously great and at the same time FUCKED !" - - Truer words were never said!! I want that on a t-shirt!

Navy said...

I can't say I'm blind to this. I can't say I don't know. I'm a human rights activist (and a political activist in general). Your -powerful- message rings clear for me until one point... "we're hated".

That just makes me, as a gay man, sigh and realise the world hasn't changed.

I think you should, possibly, have a look at stand-point... it's a diffirent culture in a diffirent world and we -can't- compare to that. As someone who lived in Saudi Arabia and Iran in the past... I really can promise you that much.

Please also remember the women killed for being raped. Yes, it happens. If a woman is raped she is seen as -inpure- and -wrong- -- they are -often- killed.

Please don't take it as an attack on international homosexuality as much as it is an attack on -humanity-.

Religion is insanity. Remember the dead at the hands of -ministers- in salem for -curing- the dying and -loving- the ill.