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Re: “Halifax Pride remains inclusive

Great article thanks for posting. Good to see there are still some cool heads around.

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Posted by ns25 on 10/13/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Halifax Pride stands at a crossroads

This is all very fanciful but to put it more simply: Queer Arabs of Halifax put forward a motion to have all mention and promotion of LGBTQ events in Israel removed from Halifax Pride due to QAH's opposition to Israeli government policies. The problem with this logic is a) it seeks to silence those that QAH disagrees with and b) it implies that support for LGBTQ in a given country/area automatically means support for that government's policies. We would find it ludicrous if a resolution was passed proposing to ban the mention of an LGBTQ in Boston because we are against the US government's policies in Syria and Iraq, and yet this is exactly the same logic at work in the resolution. In addition to all of this, the LGBTQ community in Israel is a beacon of tolerance in a sea of intolerance throughout the Middle East. Instead of trying to stigmatize and exclude Israel's LGBTQ community, we should recognize and applaud the positive steps that Israel ALONE among the Middle Eastern states has taken to protect LGBTQ rights, for example the right to adopt, the right to openly serve in the military etc.

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Posted by ns25 on 10/13/2016 at 2:35 PM

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