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Celebrities react to the murder of Alireza Fazeli Monfared


As thousands commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on social media today, they also mourn the recent death of Alireza Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old Iranian man who was allegedly murdered by family members who discovered he was gay.

According to Monfared's partner Aghil Abiat and Iranian LGBTQ organization 6Rang, Monfared had immediate plans to escape Iran and join Abiat in Turkey, having received a military exemption card on the basis of his sexuality. (While homosexuality is forbidden in Iran and punishable by death, the law allows gay men to forgo military service.)

Tragically, however, his life was cut short just days before he could flee. A family member is said to have intercepted the card before Monfared could open it—he told Abiat that he thought its envelope had been opened and resealed before shrugging it off—triggering the decision to murder him.

On May 4, Monfared was met outside of a shop where he had gone to sell his cell phone by a half-brother and two male cousins, who claimed they had been sent by his father to bring him home. Once he had entered their vehicle, [graphic content]they drove him to a rural village where they beheaded him, leaving his body to be discovered by his mother the following day.

[Reactions]
—Matt Bernstein, Photographer


—Ricky Dillon, YouTuber

https://instagram.com/p/COvHWS-rkht

—Demi Lovato


—Olivia Munn, Actress


—TJ Knight, Producer



[Sources]Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Rest in Peace, Alireza 💔
Tags: celebrity reactions, celebrity social media, death, demi lovato, internet celebrities, lgbtq / rights, olivia munn, sensitive content
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