LGBT soldiers group launched to destroy homophobic ISIS
An LGBT group of fighters has been launched to take on ISIS.
The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA – pronounced ‘tequila’ – has been set up with the motto: “These Faggots Kill Fascists!”
ISIS is notorious for killing LGBT people, both through executions and terror attacks including the Orlando Massacre last year, which left 49 dead.
— IRPGF (@IRPGF) July 24, 2017
Now, a northern Syrian movement is hitting back by creating The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA – pronounced ‘tequila.’
The rainbow group will fight under the banner of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), an anarchist collective which is taking on ISIS with Kurdish forces.
In a statement released on Twitter, TQILA announced its intention to “smash the gender binary and advance the women’s revolution, as well as the broader gender and sexual revolution.
“TQILA’s members have 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’, the group continued.
“The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stoned to death by Daesh was something we could not idly watch.”
They also emphasised that “queerphobia, homophobia and transphobia are not inherent to Islam or any other religion.”
And the group ended its message with a battle cry, writing: “QUEER LIBERATION! DEATH TO RAINBOW CAPITALISM!
BASH SHOOT BACK!
“THESE FAGGOTS KILL FASCISTS! MILITANT HORIZONTAL SELF-ORGANIZED COLLECTIVES & COMMUNITIES FOR THE REVOLUTION AND QUEER ANARCHISM!”
Speaking to Newsweek, TQILA spokesperson Heval Rojhilat would not say how many fighters the group had for security reasons.
However, Rojhilat did say that “many of our comrades are within the LGBT*QI+ community.
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“We are already fighting in Raqqa.”
In August last year, ISIS executed at least five men for being accused of being gay, including two of its own members.
And ISIS claimed responsibility for the Orlando Massacre, which saw terrorist Omar Mateen kill 49 people at the Pulse nightclub last June.