Iraq

LGBTI Rights in Iraq


ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBT in the Persian Gulf: Hiding is critical

In the Persian Gulf, LGBT persons in general hide their sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity. Expressing them could put them at grave risk of violence and criminal prosecution, not only to…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

All the countries ignored in the Brunei backlash

Brunei’s harsh new laws targeting LGBT people have shocked the world and prompted global condemnation. High-profile celebrities from George Clooney to Ellen DeGeneres have called for a public boycott to hotels owned…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Google’s queer female pi world record breaker hopes to inspire LGBT community

Emma Haruka Iwao, a queer software engineer at Google, who calculated pi to a new world record, has said that she hopes her achievement will inspire others in the LGBT+ community. Speaking…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

This Gay Man Speaks Out About Fleeing Iraq, Where He Says Being LGBT Is a ‘Death Sentence’

In commemoration of 2019 marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place, the editors over at Gay Star News are inviting 50 international guest writers to offer their own stories of…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

LGBT community fear living openly in Kurdistan

Imagine living a lie. A life of lies, secrecy and often depression only to conform to cultural norms so that you or your family isn’t endangered or murdered. This is the case for…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

‘We’re Brothers, Sisters and Activists’: The Greek Collective of Gay and Trans Refugees

Maha was a final-year trainee at a police academy in Basra, southeast Iraq, when her phone went missing. It was summer 2011. Only 17, she was nervous about telling her parents, though…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2018

Austria Rejects ‘Gay’ Asylum Seeker’s Claim Because He Acted Too ‘girlish’

Austria has rejected the asylum claim of an Iraqi who claimed he could not return home because he is gay, saying he acted too 'girlish' in his assessment interview, reports said Thursday.…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

ISIS Is Beaten. But Iraq Is Still Hell for LGBT+ People.

Family threats, militia murders, persecution, and fear: The first ever study of its kind by advocacy group IraQueer reveals a heart-wrenching portrait of LGBT life in Iraq. Omar is a 28-year-old gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2018

96% of LGBTI Iraqis Face Physical or Verbal Violence

A new report, released by the group IraQueer, has revealed the state of LGBT rights in Iraq. It found 96% of LGBT Iraqis have faced physical or verbal violence because of their sexuality or…

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