Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Iranian football players risk public lashing for pat on butt

While international sports organizations bend over backwards to comply to demands from Iran to accept their repression of women, while LGBT groups side with the countries that execute homosexuals and call for boycotts of the only country in the Middle East that offers freedom for gay men and women, Iran continues to innovate in sexual repression in sport. From ABC News:

 In a matter of seconds, a victory celebration of a game-winning soccer goal turned into a crime punishable by a public lashing for two Iranian soccer stars. Mohammad Nosrati and Sheys Rezaei, who played with the Tehran club “Persepolis,” jumped on a pile of their teammates following the goal Saturday at the Sardar Jangal Stadium in Rasht, a town to the northwest of Tehran. But then the players engaged in what Iranian authorities called “immoral acts,” as Nosrati groped Rezaei’s butt as Rezaei balanced in the air. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
Now, members of parliament, sports officials and judges have called for punishment for Nosrati and Rezaei, according to the Fars News Agency. Iran’s football federation suspended both players and fined them nearly $40,000 each, Fars reported.

But public officials have tried to take it further, calling for the players to end their careers forever. A judiciary official told Fars that Nosrati and Rezaei could also face public lashings, to be carried out on the soccer field where the behavior occurred. According to an Iranian judge, the offending action “can be considered a violation of public chastity,” the news agency reported. “The punishment of this crime is prison up to two months and 74 lashes.” However, Hadi Ghaemi, director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, told ABC News that the players would likely only be fined.

The head coach and members of the international team defended the players, whom Ghaemi said were joking with one another in what has become a common gesture among players. Ghaemi said there is no law in the Iranian penal code that suggests lashings for the specific crime of men groping one another’s butts.

However, if the crime was deemed “inappropriate behavior,” akin to “what boyfriends and girlfriends do,” then lashings could be ordered. Many Muslim countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, still allow crimes to be punished by such measures as lashing with bamboo rods and stoning criminals.

No comments: