We were nervous with each other, touching gingerly at first, barely daring to reach out.This night together was the culmination of years of yearning, years of longing looks and “accidental” brushes against each other.Elham is a 32-year-old nail stylist who also works with one of these websites as a concubine candidate. "Sigheh"--a temporary marriage agreement also known as having a concubine--is one of Shi'ism's most controversial regulations.In a phone interview, I ask her how she feels about the criticism that she and her peers receive from a lot of Iranians. It's religiously-accepted, it's legal, and it's consensual. What has been traditionally defined in the category of sigheh in Iran is the possibility which it provides religious families who restrict their children in their interaction with the opposite gender.Iranians found guilty of gay lovemaking are given a choice of four death styles: being hanged, stoned, halved by a sword or dropped from the highest perch.According to Article 152 of Iran’s penal law, if two men not related by blood are found naked under one cover without good reason, both will be punished at a judge’s discretion.
Since then, there have been reports of at least a dozen more gay victims who have been executed.
They were hanged in the holy city of Mashhad after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old boy, although it was widely believed they were having a consensual relationship with each other.
Amnesty International estimates 400 people were officially executed in Iran last year, but there's no way of knowing how many were homosexuals or how many “secret” hangings take place each year.
S and I arrived late to the hotel in the remote town. No, S was not my husband, my brother, my uncle; we had no such papers.
The hotelier looked at us, a young couple, traveling without a family in the deep of night. We tried to persuade him and he, a good citizen of the Republic, reported us immediately. Despite all the legislation, this is Iran and things rarely pan out according to the letter of the law.