Trigger warning: graphic violence
A 20-year-old gay man was reportedly brutally murdered by members of his own family in a so-called “honor killing” in Iran last week.
Alireza Fazeli-Monfared was planning to leave Iran for to Turkey to meet his refugee boyfriend when he was beheaded by his own half-brother and cousins.
Journalist Masih Alinejad tweeted the sad news,
“Rest in peace Alireza Fazeli Monfared. This 20-year-old beautiful soul from Iran was brutally killed by his brother & cousins for being gay as part of an honour killing.
Iran’s LGBTQ community is brutalised both by the regime & by bigotry in certain families.”
Fazeli-Monfared had just received an exemption from serving in the military because of “sexual depravities.” The document outed him and his family discovered the exemption papers and learned of his sexual orientation.
Under Islamic law in Iran, same-sex relations are illegal and can carry punishment of jail, lashing and in some cases, execution.
Iran requires all its male citizens above the age of 18 to enlist in military service but excepts gay men and transgender women, who are officially cited as having “mental disorders” and “sexual depravities.”
The details are too upsetting to describe. I have to admit that I almost didn’t post this story because it’s too horrible to contemplate. But this happened and continues to happen and we have to confront these atrocities.
You can read more detail on Queerty.
2-Alireza was killed by being beheaded by his family. After beheading him, the family dumped this poor man’s body under a tree outside of the city of Ahwaz. Alireza was about to flee Iran to join his boyfriend, who’s a refugee waiting for him in Turkey. #علیرضا_فاضلی_منفرد pic.twitter.com/QMqAoINHIm— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) May 8, 2021
4-I’ve been receiving many videos like these from Iran’s LGBTQ community. They tell me harrowing stories of brutality by security forces. The world must hear the cries for help of Iran’s LGBTQ community. The Islamic Republic of Iran both directly and indirectly brutalises them pic.twitter.com/bVviatSfMc— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) May 8, 2021
6-A trans woman sent me this video and said “I face such sexual harassment outside regularly. When I go to police, they say it’s my fault for attracting the harasser. Can you believe this?”— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) May 11, 2021
In Iran I use my camera to shame my harassers & defense myself.#MyCameraIsMyWeapon pic.twitter.com/9kQkZAnePH