Bold Graphic Novel Highlights the Struggle of Gay Love in Iran

Coming out is never easy, especially when there is a real fear of being rejected by your family, or worse, risking violence or harassment. This is the start of Yousef & Farhad's journey -- the first installment in a groundbreaking graphic novel web series created in a partnership between the LGBTIQ human rights organization OutRight Action International and the artists Amir Soltani and Khalil Bendib. Though in many ways a classic love story with all of its poetry, challenges and triumphs, the relationship between two gay men in Iran is rarely a simple romance.

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Also read:

- "Yousef and Farhad" -- Part 2

- "Yousef and Farhad" -- Part 3

- "Yousef and Farhad" -- Part 4

- OutRight Action's blog about the inspiration behind "Yousef and Farhad"

- Reflections on the format and topic from writer Amir Soltani and cartoonist Khalil Bendib