Mohsen Lorestani, a popular Kurdish-Iranian musician, has been accused of homosexual conduct after allegedly flirting with a man in a private chat conversation on social media. Lorestani faces execution for what authorities say is
“corruption of the Earth,”
As a fundamentalist Muslim state, Iran does not tolerate queer people and in recent years, execution of two men made international headlines.
Police arrested Hasan Afshar, age 17, for homosexual conduct in 2014 and authorities held him for two years before hanging him in public. Alireza Tajiki, just 15, was alsoin 2016, after confessing to being gay under torture.
“Our society has moral principles. And we live according to these principles … These are moral principles concerning the behavior of people in general. And that means that the law is respected and the law is obeyed.”
Under the Obama Administration the U.S. offered political asylum to those fleeing laws like those found in Iran. Trump reversed those protections and Vice President Mike Pence has resisted efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in the international community.
(Photo, screen grab; via Queerty)