Ahmadinejad: No Gay People in Iran
Says Country Doesn't Have Such a 'Phenomenon'
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York

When pressed about the treatment of homosexuals in his country, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was translated as saying his country did not have homosexuals and questioned where anyone had heard there were gays in Iran.

"In Iran, we don't have this phenomenon," he said through an interpreter, "I don't know who's told you that we have it."

This drew laughs and boos from the audience at Columbia University, where he was speaking Monday afternoon in a controversial question-and-answer session.

Ahmadinejad gave a short address and then answered questions for about an hour. He spoke after sitting through a verbal attack from Columbia President Lee Bollinger.

Bollinger attacked his record on human rights and statements questioning the Holocaust.

Watch Bollinger's statement and excerpts from Ahmadinejad's remarks below.


Columbia University President Lee Bollinger defended the university's invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

President Bollinger called Ahmadinejad a "dictator" and challenged him on the issue of human rights and the Holocaust.

Ahmadinejad discussed the status of women in Iran, education, science and more.

Ahmadinejad said there are no gays in Iran.

Ahmadinejad responded to a question about the Holocaust.

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