BBC Uncovers Iraqi Police Persecution Of Gays And Lesbians

According to the BBC World Service, law enforcement officials in Iraq are contributing to the persecution of gays and lesbians. In the report, a spokesman for the Iraqi government, Ali Al Dabbagh, explained to Natalia Antelava that if gays don’t want to be persecuted, they should stay closeted and reject their own homosexuality:

DABBAGH: The gays should respect the behavior and the moral values of the others in order to be respected.

ANTELAVA: This is a bit like telling a black person not to be black.

DABBAGH: No, that is nature. By nature he’s a black.

ANTELAVA: What’s homosexuality?

DABBAGH: It’s not nature. It’s a behavior.

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