Head of San Francisco Human Rights Commission Claims Iran is More LGBT Friendly than America

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


If only these gay men had gotten sex change operations first…

This really is the very definition of stuck on stupid. And there’s no known cure.

The disconnect is breathtaking. The head of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, transgender Theresa Sparks, continues to support the sharia and denounce our ad campaign designed to raise awareness of the plight of gays under Islamic law. Our new campaign uses the actual quotes of President Ahmadinejad, global Muslim spiritual leader Qaradawi and popular radio host in the UK, Sister Ruby Ramadan (political, religious and cultural).

One message quotes Yusuf al-Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood saying, “The punishment of homosexuality is the death penalty.” Each ad ends with the same line as the previous campaign: “That’s His Jihad. What’s Yours?”

Geller said she decided to embark on the campaign after hearing gay leaders in San Francisco denounce her previous ads.

“The ads will increase awareness about the subjugation and oppression of gays under Shariah law,” said Geller. “The gay community should be standing with me, not against me.”

Theresa Sparks, head of the Human Rights Commission, said the ad campaigns are another example of Geller categorizing an entire religion as intolerant.

“She is posting these ads to suggest that all Muslims hate gays,” Sparks said. “Some cultures do discriminate, and that’s wrong. It all depends who you’re talking to. But she’s trying to generalize and cast this wide net around a diverse group of people.”

Sparks, who is transgender, said it’s actually easier to get insurance for sexual transition procedures in Iran than in America.

While Iran is somewhat accepting of transgender, it also locks up homosexual men and in some cases executes them.

So Iran may be okay for a man like Sparks who wants to sleep with other men and decides to get a sex change operation, but it’s really bad for a gay man who wants to sleep with other men and doesn’t.

And that sex change operation comes with an inferior status that deprives women of many basic civil rights.

So Sparks is basically ignorant and unwilling to consider the situation of the vast majority of gay men in Iran who aren’t willing to take that route.

All Sparks cares about is that Iran provides better insurance coverage for sex change operations. That’s a selfish view and it’s inappropriate when coming from a man who is supposed to be heading a Human Rights Commission that looks after everyone’s civil rights.

  • Edward Cline

    This issue comes under the heading, "You can't make this stuff up." Where does this "person," Sparks of the transgender realm, get "its" information? Never mind that IT has displayed a criminal ignorance of Islam and Iran. But if sex changes were actually permitted in Iran, where would one get the money? Iran is in as bad an economic shape as Greece. Has Sparks the Entity received personal assurances from Ahmadinejad that if IT goes to Iran, IT will get a personal assist from the mullahs to undergo a sex change, and receive their blessing? All hail Theresa Sparks, head-thing of the San Francisco Non-Human Rights Commission, from Planet Zimbo.

  • guest

    Sparks has spent a lifetime and built an entire career around generating sympathy for himself and the decisions that he made. This is a prime example of spiritual blindness here in America. Eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Talk about "pinkwashing", even as the Iranian Hitler exhorts, there are NO gays in Iran! Delicious irony….

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • David M

    I speak Farsi and have worked in Iran and I'm aware of events in Iran. It is absolutely a lie to claim that there is something like to get insurance for sexual transition procedures in Iran. I've never heard talking about "sexual transition procedures" or insuring something like that. Up to 80%-90% of Iranians have no access to proper medical care and the insurance sector is primitive and has no idea of insuring "sexual transition procedures." It is a big lie and Sparks has a problem.

  • Doug Mayfield

    "So Sparks is basically ignorant and unwilling to consider the situation of the vast majority of gay men in Iran who aren’t willing to take that route."

    .I don't know Sparks but I suspect that Sparks' comments are driven by a deep hatred of America and everything we value, including freedom and individual rights. You must be almost fully delusional, and voluntarily so, not to realize that America is vastly superior to Iran in all aspects of life.

  • Omar

    Theresa Sparks is a real lunatic. The campaign directed against the mullahs in Iran is not an attack on Muslims. It is an attack on radical Islamists who oppress everyone else they don't like, including moderate Muslims. The radical Islamists want to conquer the world. Contrary to what Sparks said, America is far more LGBT friendly than Iran. That's the reality.

  • Toni_Pereira

    The lady mentioned in the article must live in some parallel universe, or something. I know some hateful people who would put all transgenders on a plane to Iran or Saudi Arabia, but this is the height of surrealism.

  • Ghostwriter

    She's kidding,right? Iran's more homosexual friendly than America? What world is she living in? It's sure not ours.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      San Francisco

    • beez

      The same one Mr. B. Hussein lives in.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    In San Francisco you have the absolute right to be as stupid as is humanly or subhumanly
    possible, kind of Sparkling……………………William

  • Alakhta Thodup

    Explanation: The homosexual lobby and power elite doesn't have much of an interest in keeping homosexuals alive. If they get mutilated that's success. If they get executed, the evil one gets his claws on them that much sooner.More success. Goal achieved.
    The homosexual power machine is more interested in getting a hold of your children to turn them their way and has no absolute interest in keeping them alive either. Islam similarly loves lies and death, birds of a feather flock together. Serving the same master, destroying America.

  • nelly2004

    read the koran- it is a religion that demands subjugation or destruction of all non muslims-

    • Guy

      Read the Talmud.Ditto.

  • Karen T.

    I agree, Spark's comments are amazingly ignorant. Se needs to pull her head out and look at the bigger picture. But it's hard to fight stupid.

    But, as a "trans" woman, she is female and should be referred to as such. It seems most of you would prefer to drop the "T" from LGBT. We are all supposed to be allies, I thought. The Stonewall Riots were started by trans people who openly welcomed all gay people. Simple respect says you should address Ms. Sparks in the female manor. So stop with the "he" and other associated male pronouns, it's frankly insulting to all the trans people who have time and again stood with their gay brothers and sisters in the fight for equality. You don't have to like her or her beliefs and opinions; heck, I don't like her either. Just treat her like any other woman – lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, whatever.

    • beez

      Ummm no. I refuse.

    • Guest

      Thank you, Karen: that's just what I wanted to say.

    • LibertarianToo

      This former man is not like other women, as HE never tires of reminding anyone who can't get away. You can do whatever you want –but you cannot force other people to respect you for it.

      And this is the forum where feminists have been blamed for male crime and rap music, not to mention the destruction of Western civilization. They ARE "treating her like any other woman."

  • kafir4life

    I'll put 100 bucks up towards her ticket to paradise if she'll go on a fact-finding tour.

    • kafir4life

      I meant "he". If you're born with a Tony D. and a pair of danglers, you're a boy.

  • Weepforthefuture

    The amount of transphobia here is just disgusting, as is the wall of blinding ignorance…did anyone commenting actually read this article? Did we read the best quotes the author can come up with to turn Sparks into the villain? The best quotes are actually facts…in Iran MTF surgery is state funded…what she did not say is that its mandatory…but it is actually a fact that it is more accessible in Iran than in the first world in general where people have to go through either extensive waiting periods and humiliation or pay enormous sums of money themselves. If we don't like facts then I can just weep for the LGBT community at large. She also specifically said some Muslim communities do discriminate and that it was wrong…her only point seems to have been not to paint all Muslims with a broad brush…the headline here is horrifyingly misleading and designed for nothing better than shock value…if these comments and this article is the best we can come up with i weep for the future.

    • LibertarianToo

      I read the article. What do you bet that Theresa Sparks would have no qualms whatsoever about "categorizing an entire religion as intolerant" were the religion in question Roman Catholicism, for example?

      • Weepforthefuture

        What exactly does gambling on what she might believe or say about Christians have to do with the distortions and, lets face it, bald face lies (the headline) the article is attempting to spread? I don't know Sparks or defend her views. I am just sick of blinding ignorance and dishonest debate.

    • chimoi

      "transphobia"?! please….give us a break, weep for the future? your damn right with that one.

      • chimoi

        that of course should be "you're

  • Saied

    Nothing new,
    The American left in general is AWOL in the struggle for human rights of any kind in Iran.
    Where are American feminists in supporting the courageous struggle of Iranian women for basic rights?
    Where is American labor in supporting their fellow labor activists in Iran?
    And where is the American government in the struggle of Iranian citizens for basic rights?
    You guessed it …. No where to be found.

  • douglas

    San Francisco where I live is an interesting place. Put on a nun's outfit and make fun of Catholics, and it's free speech. Make fun of Islam, it's hate speech. Catholic Lech Walesa of Poland says something anti-gay and Folk singer Michelle Schocked who attends a black Pentecostal church says something anti-gay and they are vilified. Islamic leaders say something anti-gay and San Francisco's civic leaders go overboard to make excuses for them. A Catholic cardinal speaks against Catholic marriage and he is labeled homophobic . An Iman calls for gay men to be beheaded, hung or stoned and our civic leaders ignore it. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture?

    • Toni_Pereira

      Nothing wrong. Liberal logic 101.

  • Mitchina

    Here: mail@theresasparks.com

    If you want to eliminate this f o o l from ever surfacing in the public eye ever again, just email this thing posing as a woman – Alinsky the living daylights out it IT until it retracts it tentacles from influencing anything on the planet.