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Monday, July 08, 2013

Hey, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid - pull your heads out of your asses and mobilize against THIS!

Robert Mugabe, the loathsome President of Zimbabwe, renewed his attacks on homosexuals in his country and threatened to jail them unless they have children:
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to jail gay and lesbian couples who fail to conceive any offspring as he launched his party’s campaign for this month’s general election.
The Zanu PF leader also attacked bitter rival and coalition partner Morgan Tsvangirai for his bed-hopping habits saying it was inconceivable that such a character could want to lead the country.
Mugabe, a rabid critic of homosexuality returned to the theme as he addressed thousands of supporters in Harare’s Highfield township.
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“I should like to shut them-up in some room and see if they get pregnant; if they don’t then its jail because they have claimed they can have children. So, to that kind of rot, we say no, no, no, no!”
Continuously breaking into laughter as he warmed up to his gay bashing, Mugabe further criticized the Anglican Church for blessing homosexual marriages which he said was taboo among Africans.
He dared lesbians who assume the role of the husband in their relationships to prove that they were indeed 'men'.
“Women are also engaged in this vile activity. We have some claiming to be men but what is it that makes you a man?
“Show us your manhood; you want to make other women your wives and you the husband? Well, that is madness; we refuse to accept that,” he said.
Meanwhile in Toronto, the activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid fights the real enemy of homosexuals - Israel:
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid formed to work in solidarity with queers in Palestine and Palestine solidarity movements around the world. Today, in response to increasing criticism of its occupation of Palestine, Israel is cultivating an image of itself as an oasis of gay tolerance in the Middle East, a practice that is called pinkwashing. As queers, we recognize that homophobia exists in Israel, Palestine, and across all borders. However, the struggle for sexual rights cannot come at the price of other rights.
Queer Palestinians continue to face the challenge of living under occupation and apartheid, subject to Israeli state violence and control, regardless of liberal laws within Israel that allow gays to serve in the military, or recognize same sex marriage and adoption for Israeli citizens. QuAIA works to fight homophobia, transphobia and gender oppression wherever they exist.

"Wherever they exist"? Alright then - I expect QAIA to be marching in next year's Pride parade in Toronto denouncing Mugabe and mobilizing in solidarity with Zimbabwe's gays and lesbians, who are in real physical danger at the hands of their own government. Come on now, at least issue a press release! [crickets chirping]

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