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Why The Gays Shouldn’t Be Crying That Muammar Gaddafi is Dead

Reuters is reporting that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is dead, killed by fighters who overran his home in Sirte.

While the political vacuum this could create is worrisome, we’re not exactly teary-eyed over his demise. Aside from oppressing his own people and being involved in the Lockerbie tragedy and other terrorist actions, old Muammy was not exactly a friend to the gays.

Here are some disturbing facts, as raised by The New Civil Rights Movement:

*In the 1990s, Gaddafi enacted purification laws granting Libyan courts the power to use amputation, flogging and other cruel punishments against those violating Islamic tradition. Under Section 407.4 of the Libyan Constitution, homosexuals can be punished by five years imprisonment.

*In 2003, Gaddafi stated it was impossible to contract HIV through unprotected, heterosexual vaginal sex. “All you have to do is observe the rules. If you are straight, you have nothing to fear from AIDS,” he told leaders at the African Union conference.

*In a 2010,  a Libyan girl sought asylum in France after being jailed, raped and forced into an arranged marriage when she announced publicly she was gay.

*Also in 2010, two men were caught having sex and charged with committing indecent acts.

 

Good riddance and good luck to the people of Libya. Maybe now Gaddafi’s son can watch his gay porn in peace.

 

Image via U.S. Navy

 

 

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38 Comments

  • Chad

    Good riddance! The United States should have stayed out of Libya though.

  • fagburn

    So you’re saying two men were arrested – hardly a purge.
    I bet SLIGHTLY more gay men have been arrested for cottaging and cruising in the UK and USA in the last ten years…

  • ChrisC

    @Chad: Why? So Gaddafi could have gone “door to door” and murder all those who were opposed to him, like he said he was going to do? So more civilians could be killed by Gaddafis minions?

  • christopher di spirito

    Qaddafi was a vicious thug who committed unspeakable acts of violence against the people of Libya.

    He ordered the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which crashed over Scotland and killed 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University students.

    Qaddafi also funded the Islamic wackos in Mindanao province in the Philippines.

    I’m pleased as can be he’s dead. Too bad he wasn’t tortured first.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    Pineapple face

  • ewe

    oh yeah right. A body is found in a drainage pipe and Gadhafi is living it up in some secluded mountaintop villa in St. Barts with bin Laden and Kenneth Lay for neighbors. I am skeptical. Drainage pipe? Sounds just like Saddam Hussein in a hole in the ground. People really are gullible and stupid.

  • ewe

    Hosni Mubarak has been spotted getting out of cab on Fifth Avenue near the Metropolitan. lol. uh huh. Send to print.

  • Chad

    Chris C-1. It’s not our country or our business.

    2. Do we really need to be in yet ANOTHER war?

  • Michael

    Had never heard of this man and after reading this I am glad I never did.

  • ewe

    Follow the money and definitely follow his Nurse. Where is she?

  • Kieran

    If homophobia justifies America’s bombing Libya, why not level Tennessee?

  • Dan

    Always bizarre when governments violate human rights – more specifically when politicians and religious leaders violate the human rights of millions of people, especially given modern technological advances. You have to be crazy in 2011 to think human beings will uphold and preserve any law, constitution or government that violates their human rights or the human rights of their family, friends and neighbors.

  • Scott in NYC

    NOBODY…gay or otherwise, should be mourning this despicable piece of garbage. If you care for the sanctity of life at all, then the death of one person who has caused the death of so many innocents should be something to celebrate.

  • Andy

    If the deaths of Bin Laden and Qaddafi had occurred on a Repub president’s watch, the GOP would be arguing he was the greatest prez ever.

  • Andy

    “Obama rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months. If he were a Republican, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now.” – Andrew Sullvian

  • Chad

    I hope he suffered as much as all of the passengers on Pan Am Lockerbie combined…

  • ewe

    @Chad: i know someone who lost their daughter on that flight. They have forever been changed and carry heavy grief with them since.

  • Ogre Magi

    Good riddance

  • howdy

    the hater mongers in the USA are FAR WORSE than this dictator.

  • B

    QUEERTY’s account, “killed by fighters who overran his home in Sirte,” is a bit off – according to http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/10/18/international/i021340D46.DTL ‘Dragged from hiding in a drainage pipe, a wounded Moammar Gadhafi raised his hands and begged revolutionary fighters: “Don’t kill me, my sons.” Within an hour, he was dead, but not before jubilant Libyans had vented decades of hatred by pulling the eccentric dictator’s hair and parading his bloodied body on the hood of a truck.’ After they killed him, they drove the body around, with half his clothes off, for people to look at

    Sounds like an ignoble end.

    They should have kept him alive – he had stolen a lot of money and knew where the loot is hidden. It will be harder to find now that he’s dead.

  • xander

    I almost hate to be such a cynic, but does anyone know if they got DNA or other proof that Qaddafi was indeed the person killed?

  • Allen D.

    I didn’t realize that ANYONE would be mourning this. Bravo, Queerty for re-enforcing the obvious.

  • andreusz

    Does anyone know anything about the crowd that’s replaced him? My bet is that they’re just as bad, or worse.

  • John

    “…being involved in the Lockerbie…” Nope. Google: Scotsman.com News – Top Stories – Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

    And for further historical clarity, Libya didn’t kill WPC Yvonne Joyce Fletcher (1959–17 April 1984) R.I.P. either. Google: Yvonne Fletcher: Murder In St. James’ Documentary (it wasn’t Libya) (RARE) – YouTube

    As for NATO’s ‘humanitarian mission’ Google: The Real Reasons for the Libyan War – YouTube

    And as for how life was for most Libyans before the CIA-contrived, Al-Qaeda-connected, NATO-supported slaughter of civilians in order to: steal Libya’s 144 tons of gold, her oil, her publicly owned central bank, and largest irrigation project in history, the Libya – Great Man Made River Project – YouTube , not to mention establishing military bases to better attack Syria and Iran? Google: ‘NATO bombed Libya back into Stone Age’ – YouTube

    A BONUS HISTORY LESSON; A decades-long campaign of NATO-backed state terror attacks against political opponents and innocent men, women & children–in Europe (and elsewhere):

    Some background. Google: Operation Gladio: CIA Network of “Stay Behind” Secret Armies

    The proof. Google: Operation Gladio [BBC Timewatch, 1992] State-Sponsored Terrorism in Europe? – YouTube

    Sleep tight folks…

  • Lower Haight Guy

    Interesting lede and headline. Has Queerty been seeing lots of messages from gays upset about Gaddafi’s death or was this just a very weak attempt at finding a gay angle for a story that’s significant to everyone regardless of whether gays are directly affected by his demise?

  • rory

    Look at the videos, it’s clearly him.

  • the crustybastard

    @John:

    Cut the shit. Libya was all over PanAm 103. And it wasn’t their first airline bombing either. Just because the UK decided to trade the bomber for Libyan oil concessions doesn’t make the terrorist innocent.

  • Lefty

    @John: Indeed. Paul Foot famously did great work on the Lockerbie bombing in Private Eye over ten years ago (“Lockerbie: the Flight From Justice”). It’s online somewhere and well worth a read for anyone who’s interested in the case.

  • fredo777

    @ewe: Did you watch the video footage? I suppose that could have been fake, too.

  • John

    @the crustybastard: A person’s opinion on a particular subject is only worth as much as they know about it. Why not improve yours by actually reading the Lockerbie link I provided earlier?

    While you’re at it you can check out these ones too. Google: Was Lockerbie suspect working for US? – International – Scotsman.com

    Some background analysis of that tragic and cowardly crime. Google: The Lockerbie Bombing and the USS Vincennes

  • Shawn

    Am I the only one who found many of his sartorial choices to be downright flaming? All of those glitzy, gilded robes and sashes and scarves! Granted, yes, he did wear a lot of military-themed ensembles, but even those were tricked out like something Michael Jackson would have worn.

  • mark Segal

    Could not agree with your report more. As a gay man who accidently got involved with the revolution almost from the beginning (read my column at http://www.bilerico.com/2011/02/a_gay_man_joining_the_libyan_revolution.php) I can say that when the “NTC” otherwise known by U.S. media as “The Rebels” put on paper what their new government stood for it included womans rights and “all human rights.” Those with knowledge of that part of the world could read between the lines. No one know’s how this will play out, but we do know what the intentions were from those who bravely stood up against oppression.

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