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Our Arab *allies* are not only returning to their old ways regarding women (did they ever really change?) but now they are beginning attacks on gay and lesbian citizens in Iraq.  From recent reports up to 100 gay, lesbian or emos have been killed recently in Iraq.  “Emo” is short for emotional hardcore and was a movement here in the U.S. in the 1980s.  Here’s part of the definition from wiki:

Usually among teens, the term “emo” is stereotyped with wearing slim-fit jeans, sometimes in bright colors, and tight T-shirts (usually short-sleeved) which often bear the names of emo bands. Studded belts and black wristbands are common accessories in emo fashion. Some males also wear thick, black horn-rimmed glasses.

So apparently it’s a bit *odd* and the leaders don’t care for it.  Oh my.  In some parts of the country “moral panic” was stirred up by militias alleging that emo youth were Satanists, vampires and the like.  Shades of Anne Rice and Lestat.

According to Gay Star News, in Baghdad “local media reported massacres of emo youth and LGBT people occurring in the districts of Sadr, Chaala, Albaladiat, Baghdad Al-Jadedah, Karadah and Kadhymia. The number of victims claimed ranges from 56 to 100.”    And according to an Iraqi LGBTQ activist, there is apparently a *preferred* method to the murders “by hitting their heads and body parts with concrete blocks repeatedly until death.”.  Another favored method is to push their victims of the tops of high buildings.  Further, if the victims do survive their attacks there is no guarantee they will live as “five survivors were murdered inside hospitals according to a confidential witness.”

A report from in in-country activist :

…indicates that Jaish Al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) are at least partially responsible for the murders.An anonymous official in Sadr city’s municipal council affirmed that some people are recruited by extremist armed militias who carry lists stored in their phones with the names of emo youths and LGBTQ people to be murdered.

It has also emerged that some officials are actually behind the killings.

Colonel Mushtaq Taleb Muhammadawi, director of the community police of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, stated on 6 February that they had observed the so-called Satanists and emos. He added that the police have an official approval to eliminate emo people because of their ‘notorious effects’ on the community.

The colonel declared to Iraq News Network that: ‘Research and reports on the emo phenomenon has been conducted and shared with the Ministry of Interior which officially approves the measures to eliminate them.

So far the Iraqi government has neither acknowledged the targeted attacks nor condemned them.  This is not acceptable.

However, what can we expect when the entire Muslim delegation walked out during a debate by the U.N. Human Rights Council on gay rights?

The 47-member state council was holding a session on sexual orientation-based discrimination for the first time after a historic resolution seeking equal rights for everyone was passed in June 2011, to the consternation of Muslim states.

On Wednesday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab group and the African group made their opposition clear, by walking out during the meeting.

“Licentious behavior promoted under the concept of ‘sexual orientation’ is against the fundamental teachings of various religions including Islam,” Pakistan’s envoy said.

“From this perspective, legitimizing homosexuality and other personal sexual behaviors in the name of sexual orientation is unacceptable to the OIC,” he added.

No, again I will say: this…is…not acceptable!

Our government has the means and methods to *urge* other countries to stop the persecution of LGBT people.  Secretary of State Clinton  said that last year in a speech at the U.N.  We need to follow up our words with actions.

To see the entire speech our gal gave last year, you can go here.  The speech is about 30 minutes in length.

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