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Title Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 18, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 8 APRIL 18, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE national news Saddam's fall may mean little for gays in Iraq Scant lobbying for gay rights in post-war Iraq by U.S. activists By LOU CHIBBARO JR. As Iraqi community and exile leaders met this week in Iraq to map plans for a new government, officials with gay civil rights groups in the U.S. said they have no immediate plans to lobby the federal government or Iraqis for gay rights protections in the post-Saddam Iraq. "In the absence of existing groups contacting us for assistance, we are reluctant to get involved with our moral guns blazing," said Sara Moore, an official with the San Francisco-based International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Moore, like representatives of several other U.S. gay civil rights groups, said IGLHRC strongly supports the creation of a democratic, pluralistic government in Iraq and believes democratic institutions are the best means to achieve human rights protections for gays and other minorities in Iraq. But Moore said IGLHRC would not become involved in Iraq's quest to form a new government unless gays in that coun- Faisal Alam, founder of the gay Islamic group Al-Fatiha, said his group favors a democratic Irag as a means of improving conditions for gay Iragis, but warned that many Iragi leaders are suspicious of U.S. intentions in the country. (File photo by Clint Steib) try contact IGLHRC and ask for assistance. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay civil rights group, limits its work to domestic U.S. policies pertaining to gays and will not take a position on a post-war government in Iraq, said HRC spokesperson David Smith. Sheri Lunn, a spokesperson for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, which opposed U.S. military action in Iraq, did not respond by press time. Faisal Alam, founder of the gay Islamic group Al-Fatiha, and Ramzi Zakharia, an official with the Gay & Lesbian Arab Society, both based in the U.S., said their groups also favor a democratic Iraqi government as a means of improving the lives of gay Iraqis. But the two cautioned that large numbers of Iraqi civic and religious leaders are suspicious of U.S. motives for invading Iraq. Zakharia said that large anti-American demonstrations this week in Baghdad and the city of Nasiriya raise concerns that U.S.-led efforts to form a new government in Iraq could backfire by strengthening the hands of anti-gay Shiite clerics. "Saddam, however bad he was, had a secular government," Zakharia said. "Now we seem to be going from that to a religious type government. And that is not good for gays and other minorities in Iraq." Amnesty to push for reforms Amnesty International, while steering clear of issues surrounding the U.S. invasion of Iraq, plans to seize on the collapse of Iraq's government to push hard for human rights reforms, Amnesty spokesperson Alistair Hodgett said. Hodgett said Amnesty, which advocates for human rights for gays and other- minorities in countries throughout the world, is seeking U.S. permission to dispatch members of its staff to Iraq as soon as possible to begin assessing the status of human rights in the war torn country. He said that, among other things, Amnesty would push for inclusion of human rights protections in the framework of the interim Iraqi government that Iraqi leaders are expected to develop over the next several months. "We will speak out, as we did in Afghanistan, to use this window of opportunity to ask a new government to put in place protections for the rights of women and minorities," Hodgett said. Although the U.S. government has no Please see GAYS IN IRAQ on Page 9 xuou Wmm Wmmmmw Author of #1 best-sellers "The Front Runner" and "Harlan's Race" .peaking on: "Being a gay Democrat in a post 911 world: Getting our issues heard." usfor TME _S_f>a_f»_l iinil rWMMTW at the River Cafe (Montrose near Alabama) Friday April 25th • 6:30 - 9:00 p. Reception-Dinner-Silent Auction For Tickets call 713-854-8773 • $40 each
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