Iraq: a hard place… especially for queers

I’Iraqi LGBTve written about this before. Sadly, it appears to be getting worse…

The website for the organization Iraqi–LGBT can be found at http://iraqilgbtuk.blogspot.com/. News is available there, as well as a donation link.

“Sexual cleansing” of gays in Iraq

by: RadicalRuss

Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 15:24:14 PM EDT

It’s a good thing for the homosexuals of Iraq that we liberated them from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein and gave them freedom, democracy, and purple fingers, huh?

“In the past three months, more than 30 gays have been executed in Baghdad. The bodies have been found tortured, mutilated – sometimes with signs of rape,” said Mustafa Salim, spokesman for the Rainbow for Life Organisation (RLO), a Baghdad-based gay rights NGO.

“Notes were found near some of the bodies with messages saying that this is going to be the fate for any Muslim who denies the Islamic religion,” Salim added.

“The gay community continues to be subjected to systematic terror by Shia militias, especially the Mahdy Army controlled by the religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr. The government of Iraq is refusing to offer protection,” he added.

In an interview, one member of the Mahdy Army, Ali Hassany, said that the militia will target Iraq’s gays and lesbians. “They deserve death. Those people are an embarrassment to our society. Killing such people is a job for their families, but if they cannot do so by their own hands, we will do it,” Hassany said.

“Gimme that ol’ time religion, gimme that ol’ time religion, gimme that ol’ time religion… it’s good enough for me!”

The difference between the Mahdi Army and the Family Research Council? The Mahdi Army knows they can get away with it.

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