It's a bit difficult for me to accept this, coming from the land of Hot Topic and all, but apparently young "emo" Iraqis are being targeted and killed at an "alarming rate" by local militias who believe the subculture represents homosexuality. So far all the targets have been male except for one female.
Below is what a typical "emo" style person looks like, and at this point you will find this style literally all over the world. From Asian pop stars to Justin Bieber fans, this kind of hairstyle and dark, "emotional" attire is basically the mainstream version of what being "goth" once was. It's huge and ubiquitous.
The murders are beyond horrible, especially since they are fueled by the anti-homosexuality texts from the Quran. But the irony here lies in that the focus on young emos is somehow conflated with a gay correlation. In other words, the Iraqi government is not only killing potentially innocent youth because of a tunnel-visioned reading of the Quran, but also because of a gross ignorance of the style that they think they understand!
It's easy to assume that much of the world is somehow on the same track of experience, education, and understanding, but then one comes across problems like this and realizes how backwards so many people in power truly are.
How scary it must be for young people growing up in such dangerously ignorant environments like this right now. Clearly the clash between the older and younger generations in this context is only getting uglier.