It is stories like this that remind me how lucky I am to live in this country. While the fight for equality still has a long way to go, and hate crimes our still sadly a constant worry in the US, there is nothing as terrorizing as this.
The AP reports that over the last six weeks an estimated 58 gay men and men perceived to be gay have been murder - many by having their heads smashed in with concrete blocks.
Many of the men are part of the emo subculture, with dark clothing and crazy hair that make them easy targets.
A recent list distributed by militants in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City neighborhood gives the names or nicknames of 33 people and their home addresses. At the top of the paper are a drawing of two handguns flanking a Quranic greeting that extolls God as merciful and compassionate.
Then follows a chilling warning.
"We warn in the strongest terms to every male and female debauchee," the Shiite militia hit list says. "If you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahideen."
As a result many emos are cutting off their hair to avoid detection.