The New Queer Insurrection in Syria

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

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The IPRGF, as an anarchist militia fighting ISIS in Rojava tweeted out this image from Raqqa. It’s marking the formation of ‘The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army’ (TQILA), a subgroup of the IRPGF. They proclaim “Queer Liberation! Death to Rainbow Capitalism! “.

A report from ARA News says that Mustafa Bali, Director of the SDF Media Centre, has said the group is not officially part of the SDF or the People’s Protection Units (YPG). However, he has also made some progressive remarks relating to LGBT rights:

“We in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), while emphasizing our deep respect for human rights, including the rights of homosexuals, we deny the formation of such a battalion within the framework of our forces and we consider this news to be untrue,” Bali said in a statement.

Heval Rojhilat, spokesperson for TQILA, told ARA News in an exclusive interview: “Many of our hevals [comrades in Kurdish]…

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