Iraq's Gay Community and 'Emo' Youths Fear Abuse, Violence, and Death
March 14, 2012
WARNING: Graphic Content. In Iraq, the gay community has been living in fear for years, as religious militia maintain control of the streets in the sectarian warfare that followed the US-led invasion in 2003. Hurriya, a gay activist, says in the past two months the killings have increased and are the worst he has seen, with men murdered for their homosexuality or for appearing effeminate -- particularly those dressed as "emo," a uniquely Western-influenced style, which for some in Iraq is associated with homosexuality.
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