25 Julio 2017 16:31
Make way for the queer soldiers in SyriaThe past couple of years have put LGBTQ+ rights on the brink, with a deeply conservative government in The White House leading the Western front, and ISIS spearheading a campaign of torture and homophobia in ripped-apart areas of the Middle East. So, it was only a matter of time until brave and badass members of the queer community took up arms to fight back, because the first LGBTQ-aligned military unit has been created to fight Islamic State jihadis in northern Syria. A group of international volunteers have teamed up with Kurdish forces to unleash rainbow-coloured hell on the violent terrorist organisation. And, the unit’s name couldn’t be more perfect. The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA (pronounced like ‘tequila’, FYI) is the insurgent group ISIS didn’t know was coming for them. The International Revolutionary People's Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), an anarchist movement, announced its formation
The formation of The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), a subgroup of the IRPGF. Queer Liberation! Death to Rainbow Capitalism! pic.twitter.com/Tp1x2PZ079— IRPGF (@IRPGF) 24 de julio de 2017 ">via Twitter on Monday, saying that it was going to ‘smash the gender binary and advance the women’s revolution as well as the broader gender and sexual revolution.’
IRPGF is part of the International Freedom Battalion, an assortment of foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria to battle ISIS alongside the Kurdish militia, also known as the YPG. In a statement shared on social media, TQILA’s members said they had ‘watched in horror as fascist and extremist forces around the world have attacked the Queer community and murdered countless of our community members citing that they are “ill”, “sick”, and “unnatural”.’ Using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, they continued: ‘The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stoned to death by Daesh was something we could not idly watch.’ And, the group’s official slogan? ‘Shoot back! These faggots kill fascists!’, against the backdrop of a black AK-47 machine gun and pink framework. Legendary. Although homosexuality is a taboo subject itself in Syria and Iraq, ISIS’s vicious persecution of LGBTQ+ individuals has been condemned around the world, as in parts of the Middle East. Particularly as it hasn’t solely been confined to the parameters of the frontline war with ISIS. When Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida last year, killing 49 people, ISIS’s direct attack on the queer community became more apparent. The perpetrator pledged loyalty to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a 911 phone call, and ISIS later claimed responsibility. If members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ population can land a final blow to ISIS in Raqqa, rainbow flags will be flown freely and proudly.
The formation of The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), a subgroup of the IRPGF. Queer Liberation! Death to Rainbow Capitalism! pic.twitter.com/Tp1x2PZ079
— IRPGF (@IRPGF) 24 de julio de 2017