The world’s first LGBTQ army unit has been created to help the battle against ISIS in Syria.
The group, which is a first of it’s kind, are called The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA, pronounced ‘tequila’), and are a subgroup of the anarchist group International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces.
In a statement released on Monday, the group said “We, the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF) formally announce the formation of The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), a subgroup of the IRPGF comprised of LGBTQI+ comrades as well as others who seek to smash the gender binary and advance the women’s revolution as well as the broader gender and sexual revolution.”
— IRPGF (@IRPGF) 24 July 2017
Earlier this year, ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando which killed 50 people – many of them from the LGBTQ community. Since it’s inception ISIS has released a string of videos showing brutal attacks on men said to be homosexual.
A number of socialist and communist groups are currently fighting against ISIS, among them The Women’s Freedom Forces – a group of women who state that their primary aim is to “to eliminate patriarchal terror”. Since the conflict started, four British volunteers are said to have died fighting alongside Kurdish forces against ISIS in Raqqa.