Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Iran face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal.
Herodotus claimed they had learned it from the Greeks: "From the Greeks they have learned to lie with boys." In either case, Plato claimed they saw fit to forbid it to the inhabitants of the lands they occupied, since "It does not suit the rulers that their subjects should think noble thoughts, nor that they should form the strong friendships and attachments which these activities, and in particular love, tend to produce." Given that the Qur'an itself (the holy book of Islam) is vague regarding the punishment of homosexual sodomy, Islamic jurists turned to the collections of the hadith and seerah (accounts of Muhammad's life) to support their argument for Hudud punishment.The sexual revolution is also leading to increased levels of abortion, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and ongoing emotional troubles and mental illnesses, with worrying implications for Iranian youth and Iranian society at large.Passionate Uprisings is a fascinating, ground-breaking, and personal look into a society that is poorly understood--if it is understood at all--by the majority of Westerners today.There were no public agencies to assist youth or people who were confused or questioning their sexuality.The new religious government that came to be established after the 1979 Iranian Revolution classed transsexuals and transvestites with gays and lesbians, who were condemned by Islam and faced the punishment and imprisonment under Iran's penal code.