Iranian pop star makes bold statement against homophobia 

Iran’s queen of pop, Googoosh, has released a video in support of the country’s gay and lesbian community, becoming the first prominent Iranian to speak out against homophobia.

The U.K. Guardian reports that the video for the song “Behesht” (“Heaven”), released on the Iranian superstar’s Facebook page, portrays a lesbian couple in a relationship banned both by society and by their families.

Navid Akhavan, who wrote and directed the video, said it had been viewed by thousands of Iranians online or through illegal satellite channels.

“The reactions we have seen so far have been tremendous,” he said. “The comments I have read online and the messages I have received from people within the Iranian LGBT community have brought tears to my eyes.”

Government-controlled newspapers have criticized the video, and labeled Googoosh “anti-revolutionary” because of it — the equivalent of accusing her of treason.


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