In The Washington Blade, columnist Constantino Diaz-Duran wonders at the number of gay men in Washington, D.C. sporting “Che” Guevara T-shirts. Not only was Che, a supposedly idealistic revolutionary, a “a cold-blooded killing machine,” but he also helped bring to power one of the most anti-gay leaders of the Western Hemisphere — Fidel Castro.
Indeed, many gay people wax eloquent over this tyrant just as they revere his bloodthirsty comrade-in-arms. When Castro took over in Cuba, he set up forced labor camps where he imprisoned what these Communists “considered the scum of society,” including, among others, gay people.
It seems that when it comes to supporting foreign tyrants, many gay activists, like others on the left, are more interested in that leader’s animus to the U.S. than his attitude toward gay people. Check out Diaz-Duran’s column and wonder with him at the eagerness of many gay leftists to adopt anti-American icons, even those who persecute their fellows.