Tuesday, May 16, 2006

LGBT - Iraqi Gay Rights Organization

Last October, I talked about the existence of the gay and lesbian community in Iraq. I also talked about how they live in state of fear under the new Islamic-oriented Iraqi constitution and government. Things got more complicated for them when Sistani's Web site posted a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in Iraq.

Yesterday, this post on Virtually Islamic caught my eyes:

UK Gay News, Sistani Removes 'Death to Gays' Fatwa from Website. But anti-lesbian fatwa remains, 15 May 2006,

"The removal on May 10 follows protests to Sistani by the London office of the Iraqi gay rights organisation, Iraqi LGBT, which represents a clandestine network of lesbian and gay activists inside Iraq's major cities, including Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Hilla, Duhok and Basra."


Following the link on Virtually Islamic, I discovered the Iraqi LGBT in the UK has its own blog. the community fought hard to remove the fatwa from Sistani's site. The fatwa has now changed from 'death to homosexuals in Iraq' in general to 'death to lesbians in Iraq.'

I'm glad to see this small Iraqi community being able to fight for its rights. If you're an open-minded reader, please stop by their blog and leave them an encouraging comment.

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