BAR: Amnesty on Gay Iranians & My Pix from City Hall Vigil
(Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, left, lights candle of hope for LGBT Iranians, held by Supervisor Bevan Dufty.)
(Gay and human rights advocates at San Francisco City Hall, standing in solidarity with LGBT Iranians and gays everywhere.)
Brief remarks were made by Mirkarimi, Gay-American Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Pastor Robert Goldstein of St. Francis Lutheran Church, and speaking on behalf their bosses, Alex Randolph, representing Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Maxwell Huffman from state Sen. Carole Migden's office, shared their concerns for gay Iranians.
From the BAR:
Mirkarimi, an Iranian American, told the Bay Area Reporter that the execution of the young men was "prehistoric and unacceptable" and that they "should not go unnoticed."The vigil follows news reports last week in the International Herald Tribune that a man was executed earlier this month and that 20 more executions were scheduled within "coming days" based on "morality violations." Morality violations include "rape, insulting religious sanctities and laws, and homosexuality," and are punishable by death, the article stated. The article further confirmed Iran's morality crackdown by reporting the arrests of about 1,000 individuals in May and public executions being carried out.The vigil, organized by gay activist and blogger Michael Petrelis, will be in conjunction with similar events in Cologne, Germany; Moscow; and Warsaw, Poland, Petrelis said . . .
"If this were 1941 Germany ... I would not be silent, as a homosexual Jewish American," said Petrelis.Mirkarimi added, regarding the execution of the two young men, "I don't think that we can tiptoe. It's important to be strategic ... but we can't tiptoe around something that is a blatant horrific action such as this." . . .