Activists plan to daub murals on the walls of Sulemaniyah to champion positive image of LGBT community in Iraq. Few would argue that Iraq is a haven for LGBT rights, even though homosexuality is not officially criminalised - unlike many other countries in the Middle East - and open discussion around sexual difference is both rare and discouraged. However, a group of activists in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah have set out to challenge the idea that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans issues should not be discussed or are not relevant to their communities. The human rights organisation Rasan is set to cover the walls of their city in new murals, designed to raise awareness of the rights of LGBT people and encourage dialogue within their mainly Sunni Kurdish society.
March 10 / Middle East eye