Earlier this week, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission reported “a wave of targeting killings of individuals who are perceived to be gay or lesbian” in Iraq. Other sources have come forward with their own stories about brutal attacks on “emo” youth (yes, that’s “emo” like the gothy music scene) — with one local LGBTQ activist writing about the apparent murder of two female victims in Baghdad just two days ago.
I realize attacks on gay Iraqis aren’t anything new. Just look here or here for chilling reminders of that. But an Iraqi friend just pointed me to this interview with gay Iraqi activist Ali Hili that I thought was worth sharing, and it seems important to keep paying attention.