Iranian gays speak of life under the radar

10/2/2007 | NYTimes.com

Contrary to comments made last week by its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran is home to many gays, who live mostly closeted lives to avoid being persecuted, jailed or even killed because of their orientation. "You can have a secret gay life as long you don't become an activist and start demanding rights," said Reza, a 29-year-old gay man in Tehran who agreed to be quoted only if his last name was not used.

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