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Ahmadinejad's 'no gays in Iran' speech scrubbed from web site

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an ass out of himself in his speech at Columbia, blathering that there are no gays in Iran and that homosexuality is a “phenomenon,” so he's scrubbed it from his web site. At first the English translation was left up, but after PageOneQ inquired about it, the whole Q&A was taken down.

In a statement released by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission the organization noted that the comments had been removed from the Persian language version of the site, but left in the English transcription of the speech. Following an inquiry by PageOneQ made to the Iranian embassy, the entire question and answer period has been removed from the site.

…”The first reaction of many of us was to join in the astonished response to President Ahmadinejad's clearly outrageous view that no lesbian or gay people live in Iran,” said IGLHRC executive director Paula Ettlebrick. “But, the whitewashing of his comments from the eyes and ears of most Iranian citizens speaks to something more troubling. His denial attempts to simply erase from public view the lives of men and women who face regular abuse in his country. Perhaps he knows he could not credibly get away with such a denial among his own people.”

It should be noted that none of the local media in Iran reported on Ahmadinejad's outlandish remarks.

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