This is a little hard for me. I wasn’t certain–I wasn’t prepared to do this tonight, but… perhaps tonight is the right night to do it after all, unprepared, or at least not as prepared as I would like to be.
I hope you don’t mind if I read off a sheet. This is not stand-up comedy. It’s not even comedy. Not by far. But I’ll get to that.
Given the title of this piece, it might seem odd that I would be the one up here and not… well…
Let me just say that in my country, there are no homosexuals.
I know that may seem odd considering where we are, but there you have it.
I was born.
My parents were thrilled to have a son after so many daughters. My father was somewhat important and having five girls seemed it would prove both disgraceful and expensive. They were excited to have a boy.
But that boy was me.
And there were other boys…
I didn’t know what it was that I felt when I met him. I didn’t even know that boys could… well… with each other… But I wanted to. I wanted to with him.
I quickly found that I loved every part of him. I liked the look of his legs as he walked towards me. I liked the sound of his voice at my ear. I liked the feel of my hand between his shoulder-blades. I liked the feel of his hand against my face. And I liked his eyes. The way they followed me wherever I went, not… not threatening, but… protective. I loved every part of him.
Especially the parts that I wasn’t supposed to love.
My father was what they call a dignitary. I had a duty and there are no homosexuals in my country. It’s not allowed. It’s not acceptable. It’s against God and when we go against God, things must be set straight.
And so when they inevitably found us, they took him and they set him straight on God’s path.
And they made me watch.
They made me watch as they took from him all those things that I loved.
I watched his spine scream when they shattered the shins that would never again support his weight.
I watched the light in his eyes die when they stole the hands that would never again touch me.
I watched as my lover–as I finally knew him to be–was burned and ripped open and fed to the dogs. By dogs.
They made me watch as they tore him apart, one sacred piece at a time, peeling back all of my desires to render them rancid, stale and bitter. Hoping to turn my longing to disgust with the sight of sundered flesh.
But, of course, it didn’t work. And they knew it.
So then they turned to me. God’s path had to be righted, and in a country where no one is gay, we know how to fix this.
So they “fixed” me.
I was born a boy, yet now I bleed. Not very much, not all the time, but once a month, for a couple of days, I bleed where they cut me.
Because no one can stay gay in Iran.