As persecution — and prosecution — of gay people continues apace in some Islamic nations, the national gay groups remain, by and large, silent. A reader just alerted me to this article, reporting that an “Egyptian court convicted five men Wednesday on charges of homosexual behavior and sentenced them to three years in prison.”
The web-sites for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) offer no commentary on these prosecutions.
Are these groups so hesitant to criticize the persecution of gay people in Islamic lands because they fear this might upset their status as a member of the coalition of oppressed, those who see the oppressors only as conservatives, corporations and the “governing classes” of Western societies?
While these groups may be silent, a number of gay men and lesbians of the left (mostly bloggers) have taken the time to take on Islamofascistic oppression of gay people.
Please feel free to provide me with links to their posts so I may update this post accordingly. Here is an issue where we have common ground with those voices of the gay left not beholden to the reigning ideology of the gay organizations, those who prefer solidarity with the larger left-wing movements to advocacy for our fellows around the world.