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    US Embassy in Iraq, State Department:
    ‘Strongly Condemn’ Anti-Gay/Emo Killings

    This just hit my in-tray. I wish to commend the American embassy in Iraq for this statement, its work on stopping the killings of gays, goths and emos and for including the U.S. State Department in the wording deploring the situation for the targeted communities.

    A reminder that Gays Without Borders holds a vigil in San Francisco on March 14. Please, no matter where you are, take action for gay, emo and goth Iraqis today.

    The full email from our embassy in Baghdad:

    —–Original Message—–
    From: McClellan, Michael W (Baghdad) (Baghdad)
    To: mpetrelis
    Cc: Wilcock, John D (Baghdad) (Baghdad)
    Sent: Sun, Mar 11, 2012 11:14 pm
    Subject: US EMBASSY BAGHDAD – RE: Info needed: Gay, goth, emo killings reported from Iraq

    Michael Petrelis
    Bill Wilson
    Gary Virginia
    Executive Committee Members
    Gays Without Borders
    San Francisco, CA,
    Dear Executive Committee Members:
    Thank you for your letter. This embassy shares your concern about the recent attacks in Iraq against individuals identified as gay or part of the “emo” culture. When NGOs here in Iraq first brought this issue to our attention, we immediately expressed our concern to the Government of Iraq, urged immediate measures to combat this violence, and undertook to try to ascertain the details of these attacks.
    Along with the Embassy, the U.S. Department of State strongly condemns the recent violence and killings in Iraq by groups who appear to be targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or personal expression. These acts of intolerance should have no place in any society.
    We have been encouraged by the degree of prominent public condemnation of these attacks. A representative for Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani condemned the violence and called the killings “terrorist attacks.” The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee within Iraq’s Parliament condemned these actions as well. These statements indicate that an increasing number of Iraqi officials are ready to take these crimes seriously. Through our advocacy and diplomatic efforts, we will continue to urge the Iraqi government to condemn attacks on the LGBT community and to devote all possible attention to preventing such crimes.
    The State Department will continue to advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
    I appreciate your concern for the Iraqis who have suffered and who are at risk of suffering from this violence. I assure you and the members of your organization that the Embassy is fully engaged at the highest levels to end these attacks, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure a secure and free future for all Iraqis.
    Michael McClellan | مايكل مكليلان
    Spokesman/Deputy Public Affairs Officer | المتحدث الرسمي بإسم السفارة
    Embassy of the United States of America | سفارة الولايات المتحدة الامريكية
    Baghdad, Iraq | بغداد، العراق
    Embassy website:

    This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

    1. I’m so happy for that statement but hope for more


    SF Vigil for Iraqi Gays & Emos;
    March 14, Castro & 18th Streets

    In April 2009, when the world learned of the deaths by anal gluing of gay men in Iraq, our grassroots activist group Gays Without Borders held a vigil in San Francisco to express sympathy and call for an end to the brutal murders.

    Now, with reports emerging from Iraq of more than 100 deaths of gays, emos and goth persons many killed after their heads were bludgeoned with cement blocks in the past four weeks, and threats of additional atrocities, Gays Without Borders is taking to the streets of the Castro to send a message to Iraq’s government, clerics, militias and citizens: Stop killing gays, emos and goths.

    If you’re not familiar with the details of these murders, click here to read numerous mainstream and gay press accounts of the forces behind the murders of young individuals who dress and act differently than normal conservative Iraqi society. Be sure to also check out the Rainbow Iraq blog operated by a gay Iraqi in exile using the pseudonym Bissam.

    Here are the details:

    WHAT: Vigil for Iraqi Gays, Emos and Goths
    WHEN: Wednesday, March 14
    TIME: 4pm – 6pm
    WHERE: Castro and 18th Streets, San Francisco

    The demonstration has a main goal: Create photos and videos illustrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support for the besieged and fearful targeted communities in Iraq. Then use those images to show the world and our friends in Iraq that LGBT activists are not silent over the murders.

    At Castro and 18th Streets, the crossroads of gay America, we will display our “IRAQ: STOP KILLING GAYS!” banner, and tape enlarged photos of the victims when they were still alive, after being murdered, along with news stories to the walls of the Bank of America. Candles will be lighted in remembrance of the dead and hope for an end to the killings.

    No speeches are planned, but we will have a bull horn for anyone who wishes to speak out. For two hours on Wednesday, we are asking those walking past our vigil to take a few minutes and bear witness to the unconscionable deaths taking place in Iraq.

    Our action is one part of the global response to the Iraqi situation – from pressuring governments and the United Nations to take action protecting the at-risk communities to using social networking to sustain visibility. We hope other street actions take place in coming days.

    The March 14 protest is endorsed by Clinton Fein, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Melanie Nathan, Danny Nicoletta, Gary Virginia, Bill Wilson and myself. Please join us.


    Below are some of the images of the victims found on the web, and that will be on our posters. They’re graphic and may not be suitable for all readers. I do not know if the dead bodies are of the living young men in each image. Notice that the corpse in the last two composites appears to be the same but the accompanying photos show two different living males.

  3. Hi — Do you have a number where one can call you? I’m at Best

    1. you can keep in touch with me on my email Scott

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