Iran’s Queen of Pop Is a Gay Icon

After the Islamic Revolution ended her career, Googoosh got a second lease on life as a singer living in Los Angeles.

It was an act that surprised many people. This past Valentine’s Day, Googoosh, the most prominent Iranian pop singer, dared to upload her new song “Behesht” (“Paradise”), the first Farsi-language pop song about lesbian love. Googoosh knows all too well that since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, members of the LGBT community, particular gay men, have become a persecuted minority. Not only...