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Scott Long

Gay Hanging in Iran: Atrocities and Impersonations

[Image shown 17 July 2015 on Gay Star News ]

Everybody on earth knows that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was announced in mid-July. Everybody also knows that this apparent step toward peace launched a new stage in an old war: of propaganda.Proponents praise the possibility of a historic opening. Opponents—who include Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Republican Party—warn of disaster. Both sides want to expand their constituencies. In Western countries, gay communities—small but politically influential—are more and more ...

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ISIS Kills Gays: A History of Violence

[Fighters belonging to the Islamic State group in Anbar, Iraq. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Ritsaiph.]

Hands shove them forward, bound and blindfolded. Then comes the step when the stone beneath them stops and nothing is there. The photographs appall but they have the solidity of things you can see; they suggest but cannot summon the feel of one terrifying lurch in darkness when all that is solid falls away. Death is what happens when you are there, alone, and the world disappears. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now styles itself ...

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Scott Long


Scott Long has campaigned for almost 25 years against human rights abuses based on sexuality and gender. He has documented and advocated against patterns of violations in countries including Albania, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, Jamaica, Romania, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the United States. From 1997-2002 he worked as Advocacy Director and Program Director for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).  In 2003 he founded the LGBT Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, the first such program in a "mainstream" international human rights organization, and directed it until 2010. Long holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard University, has served as a fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and from 1992-4 was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. He blogs at