Communist Dictatorship That Rounded Up Gay Men into Concentration Camps to Receive Gay Rights Award


No pinkwashing to see here. Just the solidarity of the left.

Mariela Castro, the daughter of a certain Communist dictator named Raul, will arrive in Philly pick up an award from a gay anti-bullying group. Raul Castro’s daughter has been the public face of his recent attempt to realign with the left on the gay rights issue. It’s more than enough for most lefties who chose to ignore the Castro’s regime persecutions of homosexuals.

Despite Mariela’s outward show of gay rights solidarity , Cuba still has plenty of gay prisoners and is still persecuting homosexuals.

An outfit (Equality Forum) headed by Malcolm Lazin and dedicated to criminalizing “anti-gay bullying” (in the U.S.) and ferociously dedicated to prosecuting such “bullyers” to the fullest extent of (U.S.) law and sending them to jails cells (in the U.S.)–this SAME outfit is honoring an active and high-ranking apparatchik of the only regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere to herd thousands of men and boys at Soviet gun-point into forced labor camps surrounded by barbed wire and machine gun posts for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands and talking with a lisp. Any attempted escape and these gays–and suspected gays–were thrown into KGB-designed torture-chambers.

You can see a lot of overlap here. I bet Lazin would love to put a lot of people into forced labor camps surrounded by barbed wire. Last year James Kirchik took down Cuba’s phony pinkwashing…

The Castro brothers are wise enough to read international political currents; revolutionary machismo isn’t in vogue like it was in the 1960s. They know that a sure way to warm the hearts of progressives is to pledge support for some nebulous concept of “gay rights.” Never mind Cuban gays — like all citizens of Cuba save high-ranking members of the Communist Party — do not enjoy basic liberties like freedom of speech or religion. They cannot join an independent labor union or vote. When it comes to gay life in Cuba, “Not much has changed since Reinaldo Arenas’ time.”

That assessment doesn’t come from “terrorist groups based in Miami” or the “mediocre yellow press,” as Castro recently described her critics in a radio interview. It comes from In These Times, a left-wing American magazine that publishes the likes of Noam Chomsky. Three years ago, it ran a special feature on Cuba, including an in-depth report about homosexuality.

Government harassment of gays is routine, the magazine reported, and while gays may no longer be herded into concentration camps and worked to death, they are still arrested by police simply for their sexual orientation. “Gays are routinely picked up en masse on the streets, beaten, jailed indefinitely,” Herb Sosa of the Miami-based, Hispanic LGBT organization Unity Coalition told In These Times.

In a November 2010 vote at the United Nations, Cuba was the only Latin American country to support the removal of “sexual orientation” from a list, alongside religion, ethnicity and race, of prejudicial motives for murder. When the clause was reinserted after an international outcry and the measure returned for a vote, Cuba abstained.

Here we have a genuine case of “pinkwashing,” a term that some gay activists have applied to Israel, alleging, as one of them did recently in The New York Times, that the Jewish state employs a “deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life.”

Mouthing a few nice things to say about gay people — while the regime she represents and defends continues to oppress them — Castro whitewashes the reality of Cuba.

But the left never cared much about human rights in Cuba, either for Afro-Cubans, homosexuals or any other group, or for all Cubans in general. Likewise they did not care about human rights in the USSR or Communist China. When those regimes embarrassed them too much, they put on a show of reform.

That is all this is.

The entire charade is another reminder that organized gay rights groups only exist as part of the political infrastructure of the left. Just as NOW makes feminism secondary to liberal causes and the ADL makes Jewish issues secondary to liberal causes, gay rights groups do the same thing. The real pinkwashing is the secret truth that they are front groups whose purpose is a left wing agenda first and their specific front issue last.

  • Omar

    Actually, Mariela Castro is the daughter of Raul Castro, who is the actual dictator of Cuba. Fidel Castro is Mariela's uncle. Anyway, the idea that organizations like Equal Forum would award the Castro dictatorship with anything is sickening. The Castro regime in Cuba is the only dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere and it has puppet states in Venezuela, Nicaragua and other places. The Castro regime is guilty of massive human rights violations in Cuba and around the world. We need to defeat that regime and free Cuba.

    • Roger

      Agenda is all important.

      Facts always take a back seat in the current media atmosphere.

  • Mary Sue

    Ah yes, when *actual* pinkwashing happens, the Media Party for the most part completely ignores it.

    • Omar

      Because the MSM only cares about pinkwashing when it comes to Israel. Israel is democratic, while Cuba is run by a totalitarian dictatorship.

    • wolfeatworld

      Mary Sue:

      Give this a look see:

  • William Murphy

    Leviticus 18:22
    “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination”. The Creator of the Human Race has called this behavior an ” abomination”. Who are we to tolerate it? Castro may be have his Politics and Economics mixed up, but I salute him for singling out these aberrations for “special treatment”!

    • truebearing

      Wouldn't we all be in some kind of prison if committing a sin was all the government needed to justify incarceration? All gamblers, alcoholics, adulterers….i.e. all but the non-existant perfect people would be in prison if sin is conflated with crime. And do you want a godless government deciding who is sinful, or if it rises to the level of imprisonment and working a person to death?

      Be careful what you condone. Obama's appointed henchmen in our military are on the verge of banning Christianity in the military, and that includes Chaplains for the soldiers who believe. They think being Christian is grounds for a court martial and imprisonment.

      I hate the HomoNazi agenda, but not all homosexuals are HomoNazis. We need to defeat that agenda, but endorsing blanket incarceration and setting ourselves up as God will only hurt that effort.

    • stan James

      Just liek i assume you liked hitler sending all the gays he could find to the death camps. Seig Heil to you.

    • James

      Man made religion is the abomination . Christianity needs to die of , only then will all these fools who are no better than heroin users be saved from there delusions .Delusions they use to strip others of there basic human rights.

  • truebearing

    Who says old red dogs can't learn new tricks? The Bolshevik Castros have reformed and are now festooning the revolution with new, "tolerant" lies. Lenin is still dear to their ruthless, sociopathic hearts, but now they take advice from Gramsci and Gramsci, the Italian public relations firm.

  • Toni_Pereira

    "Communist Dictatorship That Rounded Up Gay Men into Concentration Camps to Receive Gay Rights Award".

    Yes, but they are all reactionary gays…

  • Charley

    International "awards" are not worth mentioning. So…..

  • guest

    And the communist here has declared today to be "Loyalty Day".

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  • Jose

    Being Gay and being born in Cuba decades after the revolution I agree with this article but only a nut would think that the Christian conservative in USA would be any different , if they could get away with it.
    I say this since this article harps on the word ‘Communism’ as if USA ‘Conservatives’ are any different , Por favor no jodas