Communist Dictatorship That Rounded Up Gay Men into Concentration Camps to Receive Gay Rights Award
No pinkwashing to see here. Just the solidarity of the left.
Mariela Castro, the daughter of a certain Communist dictator named Raul, will arrive in Philly pick up an award from a gay anti-bullying group. Raul Castro’s daughter has been the public face of his recent attempt to realign with the left on the gay rights issue. It’s more than enough for most lefties who chose to ignore the Castro’s regime persecutions of homosexuals.
Despite Mariela’s outward show of gay rights solidarity , Cuba still has plenty of gay prisoners and is still persecuting homosexuals.
An outfit (Equality Forum) headed by Malcolm Lazin and dedicated to criminalizing “anti-gay bullying” (in the U.S.) and ferociously dedicated to prosecuting such “bullyers” to the fullest extent of (U.S.) law and sending them to jails cells (in the U.S.)–this SAME outfit is honoring an active and high-ranking apparatchik of the only regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere to herd thousands of men and boys at Soviet gun-point into forced labor camps surrounded by barbed wire and machine gun posts for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands and talking with a lisp. Any attempted escape and these gays–and suspected gays–were thrown into KGB-designed torture-chambers.
You can see a lot of overlap here. I bet Lazin would love to put a lot of people into forced labor camps surrounded by barbed wire. Last year James Kirchik took down Cuba’s phony pinkwashing…
The Castro brothers are wise enough to read international political currents; revolutionary machismo isn’t in vogue like it was in the 1960s. They know that a sure way to warm the hearts of progressives is to pledge support for some nebulous concept of “gay rights.” Never mind Cuban gays — like all citizens of Cuba save high-ranking members of the Communist Party — do not enjoy basic liberties like freedom of speech or religion. They cannot join an independent labor union or vote. When it comes to gay life in Cuba, “Not much has changed since Reinaldo Arenas’ time.”
That assessment doesn’t come from “terrorist groups based in Miami” or the “mediocre yellow press,” as Castro recently described her critics in a radio interview. It comes from In These Times, a left-wing American magazine that publishes the likes of Noam Chomsky. Three years ago, it ran a special feature on Cuba, including an in-depth report about homosexuality.
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