Murdered for ‘Looking Gay’: How LGBT Iraqis Are Fighting for Their Lives


from the Daily Beast:

If Iraqi actor and model Karar Noshi was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in Baghdad “because he looked gay”, it would come as no surprise to Amir Ashour, the founder and executive director of the human rights organization IraQueer.

“I think in Iraq most of the murders that have happened against queer people, or people perceived to be, have been because of their appearance,” Ashour told The Daily Beast. “There is still the misconception of how people look versus the perceived idea of their sexual orientation.”

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