Obama silent as 'gay cleansing' continues unchecked in Iraq
International LGBT Issues Examiner Kelvin Lynch story on 720 brutally murdered as 'gay cleansing' continues unchecked in Iraq claims President Obama is silent as 'gay cleansing', also known as 'sexual cleansing', continues unchecked in Iraq. Lynch also questions why American LGBT people and their supporters have not expressed more outrage about the situation facing LGBT Iraqis.
But the big question continues to be, why hasn't the U.S. government done anything to help? It is hearbreaking that Iraqi LGBT has to beg for donations on its website, instead of getting any form of help whatsoever from us to help stop the gay genocide in Iraq.
President Obama has remained completely silent on the issue, even after receiving a letter from Rep. Jared Polis urging his administration to take action, and a 67-page report by Human Rights Watch in August outlining in explicit detail the torture and murder of LGBT Iraqis, which was featured prominently in nearly every U.S. media outlet, including the New York Times and CNN. Since the HRW report was released, there hasn't been a single change in military strategy to protect LGBT Iraqis from the roaming death squads or the Iraqi police.
Better question - why haven't American LGBT people and their supporters expressed more outrage about the horrendous situation facing LGBT Iraqis? Are we so caught up in our own myopic obsession with equal rights here that we forget about the plight of our brothers and sisters in the (still) U.S.-occupied territory? Why aren't we doing more to try and help them? Why aren't we doing more to speak out on their behalf?
Iraqi LGBT is doing all it can, but being the only organization dedicated to helping gay Iraqis, it's difficult for them to make much of an impact. So far, Iraqi LGBT says nearly 100 individuals in Iraq have directly benefited from their work, and they have been involved in securing asylum for Iraqi refugees who have been forced to flee the country.
Iraqi LGBT estimates that over 720 LGBT men and women have been murdered by extremist militias in the last six years.
More information can be obtained at Iraqi LGBT.
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