The Return of Concentration Camps for Gays

17 Apr

It is with great sorrow and disgust that I share this news story. I write it because we must take action and because the world needs to know what is happening right now. We seem to be intentionally ignoring the lessons we should have learned from WWII.  Currently, the Russian republic of Chechnya is rounding up men who are gay or perceived to be gay and putting them into concentration camps where they are being tortured, beaten, their hands electrocuted, and being forced to sit on bottles. At present, we know that at least three men have been murdered according to the  independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.  Of course, Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov denies these claims saying that Chechnya has no homosexuals and reported: “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic.”

Sadly, Russia has a long established history of homophobia and anti-semitism. What is more disturbing is that our own government in the United States seems to be creating a parallel structure of hate, homophobia, racism, anti-semitism, and misogyny. The anti-semitism coming from 45 and his minions like Sean Spicer is not only embarrassing, but it is exceedingly dangerous! Since 45 became President (thanks to a lot of help from Russia) right wing racist and homophobic Christians have become emboldened to the point that they are now taking our country hostage and eradicating our democracy and replacing it with a KKKristian theocracy.

For example, the trans bathroom rights established by President Obama have now been repealed, putting trans-identified and gender non-conforming people in danger. HB24 just passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in Alabama, thus paving the way to make it legal to discriminate against LGBT homes and deny them the ability to adopt or take in kids in the foster system. Of course, this all fits into Vice President Mike Pence’s agenda of establishing a national “Religious Freedom” law, which would allow for his perverted idea of Christianity to rule the nation and to discriminate against the LGBT community. Ultimately, this would mean gay/queer people must worry they will be denied services, denied housing, denied medical care. Yes, this is where we are now as a nation.

Take Action: We must stand in solidarity with each other and we must enlist the help and support of allies. We must make it known around the world that what is happening in the Russian republic of Chechnya is unacceptable. We must resist 45 and his homophobic administration at all costs! If you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQ community, now is the time to make your voice heard.

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19 Responses to “The Return of Concentration Camps for Gays”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW April 17, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. Jennifer Carey April 17, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    The stories out of Chechnya are horrifying. The journalists who reported on this are risking their lives to get the story out. We need to hear and support them and the victims of this heinous regieme.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/journalists-fear-reprisals-for-exposing-purge-of-gay-men-in-chechnya

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 8:43 am #

      Jen, thank you for sharing the link from the Guardian and thank you for always being such an amazing ally! Yes, all of this is so horrific, I hardly know where to start to unpack it. Love, Michael.

  3. Brenda Davis Harsham April 17, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    Horrible news. Why is the world being sucked back into hatred?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Brenda, it does feel as though the world is seriously off right now, as though we have lost our moral compass. I’m just grateful for people like you, and for a community that is working everyday towards social justice. Peace, Michael.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham April 17, 2017 at 9:40 am #

        We are all brothers and sisters, with more in common than we have differences.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 11:28 am #

        Brenda, yes! I want to believe that as well. We just need to tap into our shared humanity. 🙂 Peace, Michael.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham April 17, 2017 at 11:32 am #

        And we just need enough resources to go around and less greed. Peace.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 11:34 am #

        Sadly, 45 is the picture and embodiment of greed, as are Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham April 17, 2017 at 11:37 am #

        Yes, greed is the worst barrier to peace.

  4. Dr. Rex April 17, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    In solidarity … and resistance! #Resist … ✊🏽

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      Dr. Rex, thank you for reblogging this! With great love, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex April 17, 2017 at 11:29 am #

        You’re most welcome!! Hugs, dear friend … in arms!! Peace …

  5. renxkyoko April 17, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    This is so depressing.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      Yes, it is very depressing and hurtful! Let us hope when we stand in solidarity and take action, we can change the course of history! Peace, Michael.

  6. Skye Justice April 17, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    hnberry2003@gmail.com

    On Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM, Social Justice For All wrote:

    > Michael Hulshof-Schmidt posted: “It is with great sorrow and disgust that > I share this news story. I write it because we must take action and because > the world needs to know what is happening right now. We seem to be > intentionally ignoring the lessons we should have learned from WWII. C” >

  7. bevanyardleigh April 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    It’s truly terrifying to see history playing out again. The far right seems to be creeping into every nation with a sickly vengeance. Thank you for sharing this information and for making the very necessary connection to our own nation.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

      Yes, right wing conservatives seem to be holding the globe hostage right now. Thank you for being such a fierce ally, Bevan. Peace, Michael.

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