United the Fight earlier reported on the persecution of gays in Iraq. Unfortunately, six gay men were recently executed in the US-occupied country solely because of their sexual orientation.
Two vigils are being held in remembrance of the persecuted LGBT Iraqi community - one in New York City, and one in London.
NEW YORK CITY
What: Vigil of Remembrance & Solidarity With LGBT Iraqis
When: Friday, April 10, 12pm EST
Where: Iraq Mission to the UN
14 E 79th St
New York, NY 10075
Contact: Brendan Fay
They will gather later this week to remember our murdered brothers in Iraq, at a vigil in front of the Iraqi mission to the United Nations. They will light candles, lay a wreathe with rainbow ribbons, and also speak out against homophobic violence everywhere. A letter of protest will be delivered to the mission.
For London information, go to Gays Without Borders.
There has been criticism against the LGBT leaders, and even the community itself, for its apparent apathy for the plight of the LGBT community in Iraq. Show your support. If you can, go to the vigil. If not, sign Change.org's petition to the President and Congress urging them to act on this crisis.