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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Islamic Republic of Iran face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
While people can legally change their gender, sexual activity between members of the same sex is illegal and is punishable by up to death.
According to Amnesty International, at least 5 people convicted of "homosexual tendencies", three men and two women, were executed in January 1990, as a result of the government's policy of calling for the execution of those who "practice homosexuality".
In a November 2007 meeting with his British counterpart, Iranian member of parliament Mohsen Yahyavi admitted that the government in Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality.
All sexual activities that occur outside a traditional, heterosexual marriage (i.e., sodomy or adultery) are illegal.
Same-sex sexual activities that occur between consenting adults are criminalized and carry a maximum punishment of death—though not generally implemented.
At the discretion of the Iranian court, fines, prison sentences, and corporal punishment are usually carried out rather than the death penalty, unless the crime was a rape.
Janet Afary has argued that the 1979 Revolution was partly motivated by moral outrage against the Shah's government, and in particular against a mock same-sex wedding between two young men with ties to the court.A non-adult who engages in consensual sodomy is subject to a punishment of 74 lashes.Articles 114 to 119 assert that sodomy is proved either if a person confesses four times to having committed sodomy or by the testimony of four righteous men.LGBT rights in Iran have come in conflict with the penal code since the 1930s. Gay men have faced stricter enforcement actions under the law than lesbians.Transgender identity is recognized through a sex reassignment surgery.
Sex reassignment surgeries are partially financially supported by the state.