The Construction of the Iranian Gay Subject Outside of Iran

  • Jón Ingvar KjaranEmail author


The chapter discusses how the modern Iranian gay subject has been constructed outside of Iran. The discourses reproduced by Western (pink) media on same-sex desires have mostly been framed around victimization and the persecution of gays within Iran. The gay international movement and organization in the global north, as well as sexual Iranian refugees, have promulgated this narrative of victimhood. Thus, the gay subject within Iran has solely been depicted as a victim and in constant danger of being killed or persecuted by a repressive/oppressive Islamic regime. However, as argued, within Iran, the picture is often at odds with the one painted in the global north. Although not being a “gay paradise” in terms of livability and sexual rights, Iranian gays try to find ways of accommodating their desires within those limits set by the legal-social and historical context of today’s Islamic Republic of Iran.


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  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland

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