Tehran: Gay and Lesbian

Modern and traditional, secular and religious, rich and poor

The President of Iran once said that there were no gays in the country. Whilst that is obviously not true and gay meetings/parties happen still to this day, this doesn’t mean that you can flaunt your sexuality here – be it gay or straight. Homosexual acts are technically punishable by death under Islamic sharia law, so if you are planning on visiting with a partner, it is much safer to play it cool. Though the authorities generally turn a blind eye, if you catch one on the wrong day, you could be in a significant amount of bother. Therefore gay & lesbian holidays in Tehran are not recommended.