5th Anniversary of Gay Teens Hanged in Iran

5th Anniversary of Gay Teens Hanged in Iran
By Michael Petrelis
Central Voice San Francisco Correspondent

It was five years ago on July 19 that Mahmoud Asgari, blindfolded left, and Ayaz Marhoni, blindfolded right, two gay teenagers, were executed by hanging in the main square of Mashad, Iran. A handful of small demonstrations took place in 2005 in Europe and the U.S. over the deaths, and in 2006, activists in more than 19 cities around the globe, including Tehran, staged commemorative vigils and speak outs.

From those horrific hangings on July 19, 2005, sustained worldwide condemnation deplored the Islamic Republic of Iran for killing Asgari and Marhoni, and inside the country, gays bravely took further steps underground to organize and memorialize the executions. Please give a moment’s contemplation on behalf of the cruelties faced by gay Iranians and gay people around the world.


One Response to “5th Anniversary of Gay Teens Hanged in Iran”

  1. Stan Myers Says:

    Thank you for this article Mr. Petrelis. I am leaving this comment on the 6th anniversary of this atrocity. This senseless crime still haunts me to this day. It is horrible what they had to endure at the hands of their government. I still do not understand how a regime that claims to be religious, can commit such a heinous act against 2 children! These 2 young men are still in my thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray that their deaths will not be forgotten and that others will speak out against the Iranian regime!

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