A party like this is the easiest way for young Iranians to hook up for a one-night stand. "All of us have profiles in the intelligence service, I'm sure we do," says Saeed."Names, details, everything." The Iranian authorities usually turn a blind eye to the gay community's escapades, but much like the intelligence services in the former Soviet Union, Iranian intelligence is believed to compile large files on many citizens, which they can use to build a legal case against people who might be caught engaging in political activities."The problem is that somewhere down the road, someone finds out you are gay and then starts blackmailing you.It doesn't have to be a straight [person], it can be a gay who sleeps with you and finds out you have money. I'm 25, but I look 30." Private parties are some of the easiest places for middle-class Iranian gays to hook up for one-night stands.We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted."Ninety-five percent of gays in Iran will never come out," Saeed says over pasta at one of northern Tehran's coffee shops, where the atmosphere is relatively permissive.For all his friends who have dared, coming out has been a traumatic experience; parents lock their children inside the house, confiscate their phones and laptops, and force them to seek therapy.
"Certain people can shield themselves — hide behind their money and their connections," says Alizadeh.You are at the mercy of the society without legal protection." The feeling of being under constant surveillance, both by other Iranians and the state, takes its toll. | (/JANUS ENGEL RASMUSSEN) Not even the Internet is safe.While dating apps like Grindr, Scruff and Hornet aren't censored like Facebook and Twitter, most people still assume the country's intelligence services closely monitor them.Many gays endure beatings and even sexual assaults from family members, he adds.Even if one manages to create a parallel life, it is tenuous and can be destroyed instantly.
"I always knew you were different from my other children. His mother took his hands and nodded, "What can we do to help?