Story of the Week
Massacre. Early Sunday morning, a gunman shot up a queer nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people and leaving about as many injured. The vast majority killed were from the Latinx community, and virtually all are presumed to be queer. The portrait of the shooter is confusing (his name is widely available on the internet, for those interested.) He was accused of domestic violence, homophobia, and appears to have struggled with mental health. He was also Afghan-American and from a Muslim background, which has fed into American stereotypes about Muslims, American and otherwise, and influenced the news cycle greatly -- mostly for the worse. This blog is in personal mourning, so here is a round-up of stories post-Orlando:
- Writers respond to Orlando.
- For LGBTQ people, survival is defiance.
- A Pakistani writer feels Orlando was a very American attack.
- Orlando's queer community finds safe haven in the church.
- Straight terrorism.
- Orlando, the Latinx community, and Islamophobia.
- When an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar in solidarity.
- Orlando or Wounded Knee? Again.
- Undocumented immigrants face a unique set of traumas after Orlando.
- I'm a gay man. Don't use an attack on my community as an excuse for Islamophobia.
- Queer Latinx people on the Orlando shooting.
- Biphobia and the Pulse massacre.
- Coming out in Orlando.
- Muslim Americans: We failed Omar Mateen.
- Triple horror: Mourning Orlando as a queer Muslim.
- 'Tolerating' your queer loved ones is dangerous.
- Stop calling for strength after tragedy.
- I am Orlando.
- An open letter to straight people.
- Working to condemn homophobia in India.
- A fatwa in Pakistan came down strongly on honor killing, labeling the practice of murdering women un-Islamic.
- Pakistani and Afghan forces exchanged heavy fire at the beginning of the week over their shared border.
- An uphill battle for Afghanistan's LGBTQ community.
- Hamza Ali Abbasi will take on topics like the blasphemy law and the persecution of Ahmadis on his Ramadan/Ramzan show, according to sources.
- Bangladesh's president has vowed to stop the country's wave of violence towards minorities and secularists.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A bomb went off in Shanghai's airport, wounding four people.
- Indonesia detained over a thousand Papuans demonstrating for independence.
Europe & Eurasia:
- A British MP was shot, stabbed, and murdered by a man who reportedly had anti-refugee sentiments and Neo-Nazi ties. Her murder comes as Brexit tensions rise; the Vote Leave crowd are disproportionately opposed to resettling refugees and opening Britain up to newcomers.
- English and Russian football (soccer) fans are exactly why we can't have nice things.
- Russian spies hacked the American Democratic party and took their opposition research on Donald Trump.
- The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in France; a man murdered two people violently, one of whom was an off-duty police officer.
Middle East & North Africa:
- A drone forced an hours-long closure of the Dubai airport.
- A Dutch woman raped in Qatar has been convicted of having sex outside of marriage.
- Iraqis fleeing Fallujah are in a precarious position, according to reports -- they lack shelter, food, and water, in addition to other external threats.
- The UAE thinks the war in Yemen is over, which is not really true.
- A British-Iranian employee of Thompson Reuters was arrested while visiting Iran and has been accused of trying to overthrow the government.
- Uganda is withdrawing its troops from the CAR, where they were focusing on countering the Lord's Resistance Army.
- Kenya's "gay tests" (which involve anal probing) have been ruled legal.
- The leader of a teachers' union in Oaxaca was arrested by Mexican authorities, spurring protests.
- Donald Trump has revoked the press credentials of several publications, including the Washington Post.
- After filibustering for 15 hours, Democrats won concessions on gun control following the Orlando shooting.
- A two-year old was taken and killed by an alligator at a Disney resort.
Quote of the Week:
"I think that mainstream LGBTQ organizations have not been great about understanding intersectionality however it occurs, and specifically for LGBTQ Muslims...That privilege comes with actually being able to fit all parts of your identity and the not having the world force you to choose. People don’t say, ‘How can you be gay? You’re white.’” - Sahar Shafqat, "The Complicated Pain of America's Queer Muslims" - The Atlantic