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Will U.K. Grant Asylum to Lesbian Filmmaker?

Will U.K. Grant Asylum to Lesbian Filmmaker?

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A 27-year-old lesbian activist has been denied asylum in the United Kingdom, even though her life would be in jeopardy should she have to return to her native Iran.

Based on her own life, Kiana Firouz's documentary film Cul de Sac, produced in Britain and directed by Ramin Goudarzi Nejad, explores lesbian life in Iran. When officials in the Muslim nation became aware of the film, they started making life difficult for her until she fled to the U.K. She's since asked for asylum only to be denied by the British government. Firouz could face severe punishment, including lashings, should she be forced to return to Iran, where homosexuality is illegal.

Lady Gaga has made an appeal regarding Firouz's plight. Read the full story here.

See the NSFW trailer for Cul de Sac below.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.