Bush and Mubarak, a lovely couple, Ilga

Press Release

Stephen Barris, Ilga | March 5, 2004

BRUSSELS — The recent events in the United States of America and Egypt prompt ILGA to release the following statement:
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) would like to bring to the attention of the world the deplorable similarity between Presidents Bush and Mubarak, two very different presidents of two very different countries acting in similarity to appease their fundamentalist gallery of supporters. Bush wants the votes of the religious, reactionary right at the next presidential elections in the USA; and Mubarak wants Egypt's religious, reactionary right to think that he is the defender of Islam! Two presidents, one scapegoat - LGBT people.

The International Lesbian and Gay Association strongly condemn the recent attempts by U.S. President Bush to seek reelection at the expense of the LGBT community by seeking an amendment in the U.S. Constitution to ban same sex marriages. The International Lesbian and Gay Association urges all U.S. LGBT citizens to use their power - the power of the vote - to get this man out of office and cease the fundamentalist attacks on our brothers and sisters.

We also vociferously condemn President Mubarak of Egypt for continuing to unleash hate and fear amongst the LGBT community in Egypt. The recent conviction of a 17-year-old gay youth to two years in jail is deplorable and goes against every edict of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ILGA appeals to all governments and individuals who oppose these Human Rights abuses to take a stand to uphold the rights of every citizen of Egypt regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

ILGA - International Lesbian and Gay Association "Gay and Lesbian rights are human rights" Since 1978

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