Iraqi LGBT Leader Gunned Down in Baghdad

LGBT publication EDGE writes that in Iraq, "for gays and lesbians at least, times have never been worse." Peter Tatchell of Outrage! reported on the most recent atrocity on Sept. 25, when an LGBT leader was gunned down:



This morning, I received news from Iraq that the coordinator of Iraqi LGBT in Baghdad, Bashar, aged 27, a university student, has been assassinated in a barber shop.

Militias burst in and sprayed his body with bullets at point blank range.

He was the organizer of the safe houses for gays and lesbians in Baghdad. His efforts saved the lives of dozens of people.

"Homosexuality was generally tolerated under Saddam," Hali, founder of Iraqi LGBT, said in 2007. "There certainly was no danger of gay people being assassinated in the street by police. ... Life in Iraq now is hell for all LGBT people; no one can be openly gay and alive."
#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Happy Holidays!