Stop executions of homosexuals in Iran
The Gay Pride Parade, celebrated last Saturday July 3, 2010, in Madrid (spain), was officially dedicated to defending the rights of transgender people, I totally agree this purpose.
However, other claims were also granted their own space, as the blame to Iran by the death sentences handed down against homosexuals last year.
Remembering Mahmoud Asgari (in Persian: محمود عسگري), Ayaz Marhoni (in Persian: عياض مرهوني), Nemat Safavi (in Persian: نعمت صفوی) & hundreds of women and men that will remain forever unknown to international public opinion. In his memory, helped by Eliseo Ocaña and Woodi Forlano, I went to the Gay Pride Parade with a body painting of the flag of Iran, accompanied by a banner and a hangman's noose around my neck.
Make no mistake: it is not against Islam & let alone against Iran. It is plain and simple: I did it against hatred, for the right to exist and the freedom to love and be loved.
Currently, in 2010, there are still 76 countries that consider homosexuality a crime, and some, such as: Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and parts of Nigeria and Somalia is punishable by death penalty.
I would also say that I respect very much the constructive criticism —I repeat: respect, constructive criticism—, but who will say I'm “a freak”, it was “nonsense”, it was “crude exhibitionism”, that “breaks the unity of message”, it was “mere desire to prominence”, it was “nonsense marginal”… I think when you believe in something, while you protest against injustice or you are defending human rights, you must be willing to fail.
Finally: thank you very much to all who choose to share this photo (and related information) on their pages, blogs, profiles, walls, links, groups and causes, on Facebook, Twitter, Tuenti and other social networks on Internet.
Spread is to raise awareness, change (at best) public opinion, which translates into political awareness, multilateralism, diplomatic pressure and finally, the repeal of unjust laws.
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!