Outrage!, a gay rights group in the United Kingdom, reports that a leader of the Iraqi gay rights movement has been assassinated.
The leader, identified as a 27-year-old university student named Bashar, was killed in a barber shop.
Militias burst in and sprayed his body with bullets at point blank range.
He was the organiser of the safe houses for gays and lesbians in Baghdad. His efforts saved the lives of dozens of people.
Bashar was a kind, generous and extremely brave young man – a true hero who put his life on the line to save the lives of others.
My thoughts go out to his loved ones and to the other members of Iraqi LGBT.
Their courage is an inspiration to all people everywhere fighting against injustice.