While gay left bloggers including Michael Petrelis as well as the folks at Towleroad and Queerty have stayed on top of events in Iran, reporting on the persecution and execution of our fellows in that troubled land, the major gay groups have, for the most part, been silent.
The fledgling GOProud, however, has just released a web ad calling on the President to end his silence and stand up to the oppressive regime:
The organization’s Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia offered:
Our allies are willing to stand up for basic human rights and stand up to Iran. Indeed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations General Assembly eloquently and with powerful moral clarity about the treatment of gays and lesbians under Ahmadinejad. . . . All across the Muslim world, gays and lesbians, along with women and religious minorities, are denied basic civil rights. Indeed, the penalty for simply being gay in Muslim countries like Iran is death. . . Yet, President Obama refuses to stand up to Iran and refuses to speak out against their barbaric treatment of gays and lesbians.
His colleague Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board of Directors, added that if the President’s statement at the HRC dinner this past weekend that he was “with gays and lesbians in our fight” mean anything at all, he must “speak out against the government-sanctioned murder of gay people in Ahmadinejad’s Iran.”
As on most issues with this President, a little less talk and a lot more action are in order.