Exiled for Love

Exiled for Love

The Journey of An Iranian Queer Activist

eBook - 2015
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Publisher: Black Point, NS :, Roseway Publishing,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781552667606
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Colbourne, Marc
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bibliotechnocrat Jun 12, 2016

A frank portrait of a gay man growing up in Iran, and the circumstances that led to his becoming an activist. A timely commentary as well on the process and consequences of becoming a refugee - Parsi fled his native country and wound up in Toronto. Truly a good read.

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LPL_AdultServices May 25, 2016

To be gay in Iran means to live in the shadow of death. The country’s harsh Islamic code of Lavat is used to execute gay men, and LGBT individuals who avoid execution are often subjected to severe lashings, torture and imprisonment. It was in this unforgiving environment that Arsham Parsi came to terms with his identity as a gay man.

When a close friend committed suicide after his family learned he was gay, Arsham felt compelled to act. Risking his life as well as the safety of his family, he used the anonymity of the Internet to speak out about the human rights abuses against LGBT people in his country. In 2005 Parsi learned that an order had been issued for his arrest and execution. He was forced to seek refuge in neighbouring Turkey until, thirteen months later, he was granted asylum in Canada.

Exiled for Love follows Parsi’s incredible journey from his first understanding of his sexual orientation to his eventual exile. It explores the reality for LGBT people in Iran through the deeply personal and inspiring story of his life, escape and continuing work.

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