As Bruce pointed out earlier today, gay groups have been astonishgly silent as millions of citizens rise up against electoral fraud in quite possibly the most oppressively anti-gay regime in the world. And this electoral fraud serves to keep in power Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a man, whom gay leftie blogger Michael Petrelis reports, ” used “Homosexuals to Undercut Rivals.”
I guess that’s only bad when Karl Rove does it.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese last week condemned the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, yet has nothing to say about the protests in Iran. And I could find no references to the events in Iran on the web-pages of the other gay groups.
At a time when thousands and thousands of brave Iranian democracy-fighters are justifiably upset with their president stealing an election from them and the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, and they’re taking to the streets to visibily and loudly demand change, I am appalled at how the gay bloggers have praised a letter from HRC. Why accept just a crumb from the $41 million organization?
Well, at least Solomonese wrote a letter to the President. He didn’t even issue a statement in solidarity with the Iranian people protesting their anti-gay regime. It seems it’s only when Republicans do something which is (or could remotely be perceived as) adverse to the interests of gay people does it raise the hackles of the leadership of the various gay organizations, particularly HRC.
Not in thirty years have the Iranian people risen up against their rulers. And this regime is a particularly odious one. Gay people should be celebrating the uprising, not standing by silently while stressing smaller slights against people like us at home. But, speaking up on behalf of Iranian gays and their persecuted compatriots just might upset their solidarity with the left, more focused on promoting Obama and denigrating Republicans.
At least some gay lefties have taken principled positions consistent with their oft-stated ideals of gay liberation. Kudos to Michael Petrelis for standing strong for gay people — and their fellows suffering under iranian Islamofascism — even it it puts him at odds with his erstwhile fellos on the gay left.