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Mashhad, Esfahan, Tabriz, Shiraz

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Iran has adopted an extreme position in developing an Islamic constitution and bringing its legal system in line with strict Shari'a law, under which homosexual behaviour is illegal. Homosexuality in Iran is treated according to Islamic law. The Islamic view is that homosexuality is among the worst possible sins and a heinous crime. This means it attracts the ultimate punishment. In July 2005 Iran publicly executed two teenagers accusing them of raping a 13-year-old boy and having gay sex. The teenagers admitted the gay sex but this admission was probably co-erced under torture. Before their execution, the teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and lashed 228 times. Given the severity of the punishment for even very minor infringements like two men kissing Iran has to be a destination you avoid. Needless to say there is no gay scene in Iran.

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Legal Notes

The punishment for Sodomy is DEATH. Tafhiz" (the rubbing of the thighs or buttocks) by two men is punished by 100 lashes. On the fourth occasion, the punishment is DEATH. If two men "stand naked under one cover without any necessity", both are punished with up to 99 lashes; if a man "kisses another with lust" the punishment is 60 lashes. The punishment for lesbianism involving persons who are mature, of sound mind, and consenting, is 100 lashes.The enforcement of these draconian laws are carried out with reports of gay men from time to time being beheaded or stoned to death. The only area that Iran is more liberal is transexualism and there now exists an accepted a religiously approved procedure for those wanting to change their sex.


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The best time of year to visit Iran is from May to September. It can get very hot in mid summer so the beginning or end of the summer is a lot more comfortable.

Iran has a continental climate, although much of the country has a desert climate with an average annual precipitation below 300 mm. Summers are warm to hot with two summer winds, the Shamal from the northwest and "The Wind of 120 Days" from the southeast. Winters can be extremely cold with cold winds blowing from the northeast. Generally, rainfall occurs from October to May with annual average precipitation in the coastal areas between 800 and 2,000 mm while high humidity is also common along the coastal areas. Average temperature ranges in Tehran are from -3c to 7c in January to 22c to 37c in July.