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Iranian Men Dress In Drag For Gender Equality

Kurdish men are dressing in women's clothing in response to the punishment given to a convicted man earlier this month. He was paraded down the streets of Marivan in a woman’s dress in order to humiliate him.

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On April 15, police paraded a convicted criminal through the city of Marivan dressed in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing.

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Saman Rasoulpour told Gay Star News, "‘This is the first time in Iran that an accused is paraded in women’s clothes in the streets to humiliate him. It is unprecedented anywhere in Iran."

The campaign "Kurd Men for Equality" launched on Facebook in protest of this punishment.

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In response to the judge’s sentence, a local feminist organization, the "Marivan Womens' Community", held a protest. One hundred women took to the streets of Marivan in a campaign for gender equality. In solidarity with the women’s protest, men began to post photos of themselves in women's clothing.