GLN @ Pride 2005

GLN @ Pride 2005

Well before the population of the U.S. in general, the vast majority of LGBTQ people were opposed to the Iraq war. The reasons aren’t hard to find:

* The same administration which lied about WMD's in Iraq, lies about our community, dehumanizing us and passing constitutional amendments to make us second-class citizens.

* A government which pours billions into the war on Iraq, killing at least 130,000 Iraqis during the invasion and occupation, cuts funds from proven anti-AIDS programs that actually save lives. These scientifically sound programs are cut because they are associated with gay people. Instead, money is increasingly wasted on useless and dangerous programs like "abstinence only" sex education and other "faith-based" give-aways of tax money to anti-gay religious sects.

* Apologists for the government say U.S. troops are used to promote freedom and democracy, but the U.S. has no problem propping up despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia, which beheads gays, backing military dictatorships like Pakistan, and attempting to overthrow elected governments, like that in Venezuela.

The same government which prefers funding a war for oil rather than the needs of poor and Black people of New Orleans, has little more regard for the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Americans.

Please join the "Gays Against the War" contingent meeting up at 12:45 pm (EST), 15 minutes before the end of the opening rally, at the northwest corner of F Street, NW and 14th Street, NW (near the "Metro Center" stop of the DC Metro, and about 2 blocks away from the main bus disembarkation point). Look for the large pink banner which reads, "Bring the Troops Home NOW!"

Initiated by the Gay Liberation Network in Chicago. For more information, email  LGBTliberation@aol.com, visit our website, www.GayLiberation.org, or call 773-209-1187.