Even Try to Pinkwash the War on Muslims!
are no words
that adequately express how sad and
enraged we are by the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend. As queers
we hold it all at once: grief for our dead, the memory of the state
ignoring our dead and dying of HIV/AIDS, the way our tears will be used
by the US government to justify the murder Muslim and Arab queers at
home and abroad.
soon as the shooting stopped, the same
politicians and media who have been attacking LGBTIQ rights framed the
shooting as “Islamic Extremism” and “terrorism.” In many cases they
refuse to use the word “gay” and choose to call it instead an attack on
“Orlando,” or “America.” Attacks on LGBTQ people are and have been
committed by homophobes of many religions. Before the killings at
Pulse, the largest single mass murder of queers in the U.S. occurred by
arson at a New Orleans gay club, the Upstairs Lounge, in 1973, where 32
people died. Daily, LGBTIQ people are beaten, raped, mutilated, and
Most of the people killed and injured at Pulse were queers of color.
Almost half of the dead, 23 people, were Puerto Rican, from a land
under US colonial rule that grants the people of the island few rights
and which has destroyed their economy while demanding massive loan
same politicians that would require a birth
certificate to use a bathroom, are standing behind a pink curtain
calling for exclusion of Muslim immigrants, surveillance of Muslim
communities, and war and more war in the middle east. QUIT stands
against this cynical use of queer death as a form of pinkwashing --
that is, using queer oppression as a front for racism, war, Israeli
apartheid, or police violence. We are tired of the killings, and we are
tired of vigils. Please join us in resisting militarism and policing by
refusing to refer to this attack as "terror," and naming it for what it
is – a hate crime against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender
people, intersex people, and queers.