Gay Pride Party at U.S. Embassy in Iraq

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    May 22, 2009 12:11 PM GMT
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    "Change has certainly come to Baghdad. And it appears that includes the U.S. Embassy, where they are holding what the invitation says is the first-ever U.S. Embassy Gay Pride Theme Party next Friday at Baghdaddy's, which is the embassy employee association's pub.

    "Come celebrate the start of Summer with color . . . and in costume!" the May 10 invitation says. "Dress in drag or as a gay icon. All are welcome." The invitation was attached to what was called an "All Hands Alerts" e-mail.

    An embassy spokesman said by way of explanation: "This is an event organized and sponsored by a group of employees. Given the lack of places to meet in Baghdad, the embassy allows groups to use its social facilities for events on a first-come, first-served basis."

    The invitation says, "Prizes will be awarded for two contests: Best Dressed Gay Icon and Best Lip Synch Performance." Unclear what the prizes are, but don't forget to "order costume supplies now in time for May 29th," we're told. "For more info and costume ideas, check out the next edition of The Tigris Times." "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/21/AR2009052104048.html?hpid=news-col-blog

  • dfrourke

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    May 22, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    goodness...we sure are "beating around the bush" on this one aren't we...ballsy!

    ...but I like it...

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  • GQjock

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    May 22, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    Funny how different life is in and out of the Green Zone where 13 gay men were killed over the last few weeks because they were gay in Iraq icon_confused.gif
  • cowboyupnorth

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    May 22, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    I think it's great!!!
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    May 22, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    Being the first-ever, I presume they never did anything like this during the Bush Admin... DUH! And because gays are being killed outside the Green Zone, I hope this event gets wide press exposure in the country, to begin to educate Iraqis about accepting gays.

    One sour note, though: a picture of Boy George in the flyer? Not the best gay role model these days. Isn't he still in jail? icon_razz.gif
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    May 22, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidAnd because gays are being killed outside the Green Zone, I hope this event gets wide press exposure in the country, to begin to educate Iraqis about accepting gays.


    I'm not so sure about that. If anything, it would likely simply reinforce the idea of Americans as godless, immoral heathens. Alas, I've faced this before. After bringing up the idea here of trying to expand the gay rights and acceptance movement I was told that if anyone got wind that it was a foreigner leading the charge it would simply devolve into an argument about foreigners imposing their immoral Western beliefs on the culture.

    Ugh.
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    May 22, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
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    Red_Vespa saidAnd because gays are being killed outside the Green Zone, I hope this event gets wide press exposure in the country, to begin to educate Iraqis about accepting gays.

    I'm not so sure about that. If anything, it would likely simply reinforce the idea of Americans as godless, immoral heathens. Alas, I've faced this before. After bringing up the idea here of trying to expand the gay rights and acceptance movement I was told that if anyone got wind that it was a foreigner leading the charge it would simply devolve into an argument about foreigners imposing their immoral Western beliefs on the culture.

    Ugh.

    I can see your point, but what is the alternative? Or is there one at all? Do we concede that Muslims will forever be anti-gay no matter what we do, with the only option for gays there being to get the hell out of town? Perhaps we should organize gay rescue & refugee programs.
  • Thirdbeach

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    May 22, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    Perhaps we should organize gay rescue & refugee programs.



    Here is the link for the Iranian Queer Railroad.
    http://www.irqr.net/

  • roadbikeRob

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    May 23, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    I am more than sure that this is not going over well with the more conservative mostly muslim factions in Iraq. I think it is a great thing but I can almost see the possibility of fierce backlash protests outside the US Embassy in Baghdad. Hopefully this could eventually lead to more education and awareness to the people of Iraq and the rest of the Arab World that homosexuality is just as pure, natural, and normal as heterosexuality regardless of what the holy koran says.
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    May 23, 2009 3:23 PM GMT
    that's awesome. Of course opposition and struggles most likely will come with this but I am simply happy to see the event.
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    May 23, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    How can anyone be celebrating this? It is a result of decisions made by *gasp* Bush!
    No, we should have left those people under Saddam Hussein and totalitarian rule indefinitely!!
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    May 23, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Thirdbeach said
    Red_Vespa said
    Perhaps we should organize gay rescue & refugee programs.



    Here is the link for the Iranian Queer Railroad.
    http://www.irqr.net/

    gay resque and refugee programs. icon_idea.gif