Protests Planned Against Iran
First, there is Doug Ireland's most recent article in the Gay City News documenting more horrible stories of the brutal mistreatment of gay people in Iran, with a plug for the protests in New York.
Then , there is an article in the UK Gay News about how Poland is in a quandary because it is one of Iran's few friends, and protests could mar their treaties. (Poland, by the way, has recently come under fire for its extremely anti-gay policies spearheaded by its right-wing government.)
Finally, there's an article in the Washington Blade about the protests in general.
I worry that the protests might be a little idealistic, and might actually hurt the situation for gay people in Iran. Note the cities participating:
Mexico City, Mexico
New York City, USA
Sioux Falls, USA
San Francisco, USA
San Diego, USA
They're all pretty Western, which is admittedly inevitable. You won't see protests against Iranian treatment of gay people anywhere in the Middle East, even in Beirut.
But the fact that it is so Western causes extreme difficulties, in that it highlights the East-West dichotomy. Right now, things are more East-West than that have been in a while, with Iran's nuclear plans and Iran-backed Hizbullah's abduction of Israeli soldiers. The West, mainly the United States, has been pushing Iran for change, which has been met with skepticism (to be euphemistic).
Do we want to bring gay issues further into the East-West dichtomy? Many in the MIddle East already see homosexuality as a "Western disease" or a "Western invention to corrupt Muslim youth". Protests at this time might backfire, feeding those ignorant beliefs, and leading to further crackdowns.
Of course, if you don't protest, things will never get better.
I wonder if Ahmadinejad will care about people protesting in Sioux Falls, North Dakota.
(I know this isn't a very good post. Will all that's going on now, I have bigger things on my mind.)