LGBT Group Fights Back Against ISIS
The International Revolutionary People’s Guerilla Forces (IRPGF) announced the creation of the first LGBT military unit that will fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Syrian battle grounds. The group, comprised of an unknown number of international volunteers goes by the name The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army – TQILA (pronounced tequila? Too good not to mention).
IRPGF is an anarchist movement made up of a collection of international fighters who are in Syria battling ISIS alongside the Kurdish army known as the YPG (People’s Protection Units).
The formation of TQILA comes after the rise in targeting of queer people by ISIS terrorist groups. Just last year at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Omar Mateen underwent an attack that killed 49 people. The location was targeted as a nightclub for ‘homosexuals’ – a taboo punishable by death in Syria and Iraq among other Islamic territories.
Men who have been targeted, hunted and accused of being gay have been blindfolded, tortured and murdered before large crowds.
Enough is enough! The group posted an announcement on their Twitter page declaring TQILA’s efforts to bring down ISIS
The group’s logo, a black AK-47 over a pink background, symbolizes the group’s motto: “Shoot back! These faggots kill fascists!”