Monday, April 06, 2009

Iraq is extremely dangerous for gays

CNN this morning (April 6) reported on extreme anti-gay prejudice and violence in Iraq today, even as the sectarian conflict has started to settle down. Particularly in Shiite areas, squads of men seem to be hunting gay men down in the larger cities, according to the report. During Saddam Hussein’s reign, even after the Gulf War, homosexual groups did meet in private with some safety, according to the story.

The report talked about tribal “honor killing” and public slow hangings. The treatment was made to appear even worse than in Iran, notorious for persecution of gays.

The specific news story on CNN is “Six gay men shot to death in Iraq by tribe members”, by Mohammed Tawfeeq, link here. The incidents have taken place in the past ten days.

On Wednesday, April 8, The New York Times ran a front page story by Timothy Williams and Tareq Maher, "Iraq’s Newly Open Gays Face Scorn and Murder", link here. The story reinforces the very disturbing allegation that sometimes even relatives have committed the murders of gay men, out of a sense that their own "bloodlines" have been shamed because gay men (supposedly) do not want to continue them.

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