In 1979 Iran became governed by Sharia Law, meaning (among other things) that homosexuality was outlawed, punishable by death in extreme cases and jail time in others. Many Iranian refugees travel to Denizli in nearby southwest Turkey, where they await visas to live in other countries—of course, plenty of them are part of the LGBTQ community. Swiss-born Iranian photographer Laurence Rasti began photographing portraits of people there in Denizli—exploring gender, sexuality and identity. Her book of these images “There Are No Homosexuals in Iran” is set for release in November and is full of stylistic but tender and intimate portraits. Read more at Dazed.
Photographer Laurence Rasti’s “There Are No Homosexuals in Iran”