"I don’t want to be gay anymore. When I go out to buy bread, I’m afraid. When the doorbell rings, I think that they have come for me."
That is the fear that haunts Hussein, and other gay men in Iraq.
They say that since the US-led invasion, gay people are being killed because of their sexual orientation.
They blame the increase in violence on the growing influence of religious figures and militia groups in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was ousted.
Islam considers homosexuality sinful. A website published in the Iranian city of Qom in the name of Ayatollah Sistani, Iraq’s most revered Shia cleric, says: "Those who commit sodomy must be killed in the harshest way".
Hey, a dead gay is technically an "ex-gay" right? After all it’s hard to be anything when you don’t have a pulse. Anyway, I guess that’s what happens when religious fundamentalists run amok.