Tuesday, August 08, 2006

BBC: Germany Grants Asylum to Iranian Lesbian

Finally, some positive news to share about Iranian gays and lesbians. From a report on the BBC web site:

A court in Germany has accepted an Iranian woman's bid for asylum on the grounds that she is a lesbian.

The 27-year-old woman said she would face persecution and isolation if she was sent back to Iran.

The court decided she should stay in Germany and said its ruling set a binding precedent for similar cases [...]

The woman, whose name was not released, had travelled to Germany in September 2003 where she had applied for asylum.

She said she faced the death penalty if she returned to Iran, where homosexuality is against the law.

The Stuttgart court also heard that she faced punishment in Iran because she refused to wear a headscarf.

Let's see if any mainstream news media in America pick up on this story, which I am sure will hit the gay press.

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