WARNING: This story contains graphic content
By Peter Graff
BAGHDAD — The man holds up two pictures of his friend, which tell the story of what it now means to be gay in Iraq.
One photograph, which the man keeps on his mobile phone, is a portrait of a handsome youth with a stylish haircut. The other, a printed snapshot taken last month, shows the body of the same young man lying sprawled in the back of a white pickup truck, his head disfigured by blunt trauma.
According to a police report, Saif Asmar was found bludgeoned to death in the afternoon on February 17.
“They laid him down on the pavement and smashed his head with a cement block,” said his 25-year-old friend, who works as a doctor’s assistant and also as a gay activist under the pseudonym Roby Hurriya. He did not disclose his real name.
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