“I don’t like being known as the ‘only gay Iraqi activist’”, Amir Ashour says, brow furrowing slightly. But the label is hard to escape: Ashour, originally from Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been beaten up and arrested because of his sexuality. In 2015, he was forced to flee his home and seek asylum in Sweden, fearing for his life. Now 26, he’s already been through more than many people could ever imagine - but, Ashour says, he wouldn’t have changed a thing.
August 16 / Independent