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Groundbreaking Graphic Novel Highlights the Struggle of Being Gay in Iran

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"Yousef and Farhad" provides a glimpse of what it's like to be gay in a country where homosexuality is criminalized and severely punished.

In a partnership with the LGBT human rights organization OutRight Action International, artists Amir Soltani and Khalil Bendib created a graphic novel series titled "Yousef and Farhad" in order to offer a glimpse of what it's like to be gay in Iran.

The story follows the lives of Yousef and Farhad, two gay men who are in love with each other in a society where homosexuality is criminalized. The graphic novel covers themes of coming out, rejection, harassment, violence, and other challenges that face LGBT members.

We don't want to spoil anything for you, so here are the links to each installment of the series:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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