Gay Life Stories: Same-Sex Desires in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Jón Ingvar Kjaran*

*Corresponding author for this work

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6 Citations (Scopus)


Drawing on ethnographic encounters with self-identified gay men in Iran, this book explores the construction, enactment, and veiling and unveiling of gay identity and same-sex desire in the capital city of Tehran. The research draws on diverse interpretive, historical, online and empirical sources in order to present critical and nuanced insights into the politics of recognition and representation and the constitution of same-sex desire under the specific conditions of Iranian modernity. As it engages with accounts of the persecuted Iranian gay male subject as a victim of the barbarism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the book addresses interpretive questions of sexuality governance in transnational contexts and attends to issues of human rights frameworks in weighing social justice and political claims made by and on behalf of sexual and gender minorities. The book thus combines empirical data with a critical consideration of the politics of same-sex desire for Iranian gay men.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis/ Balkema
Number of pages233
ISBN (Electronic)9783030128319
ISBN (Print)9783030128302
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2019

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Publisher Copyright:
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019.

Other keywords

  • Criminalization of homosexuality
  • Discrimination
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Iranian gay men
  • Iranian modernity
  • Islam and homosexuality
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Islamic Republic of Iranqueer identities
  • Middle East
  • Post-revolution Irangay identity
  • Same-sex desire
  • Sexual justice
  • Sexuality governance
  • Tehranveiling/unveiling
  • Transexuality
  • Transnational sexuality governance


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