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Transgender and gay Middle Eastern group “Cirque de So Gay” banned from parade for “offensive” act.
September 1, 2017
In the hierarchy of victimhood, it should now be abundantly clear that the Left favors Muslims over gay people. If their politically correct reaction to an Islamic terrorist opening fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando did not prove that, then this new report out of Vancouver should.
In August, a Vancouver gay pride group with an anti-sharia bent was denied participation in the city’s gay pride parade because organizers were afraid of being labeled Islamophobes.
Founded by Shawn Shirazi, an Iranian immigrant of Vancouver, the group “Cirque de So Gay” featured both transgender and gay Middle Eastern men known for getting a little too direct in their criticism of Islam. Though they marched in the Vancouver pride parade for several years, even earning awards for originality, the age of Trump stirred in parade organizers a different attitude toward their act, which they now deem “culturally insensitive.”
When applying for entry into the parade, “Cirque de So Gay” described the act as “casting off the shroud of oppression to unveil the Persian Princess beneath … The Islamic attire is more than just a piece of black fabric. It’s a tool used by governments to impose absolute control and authority over their citizens and even tourists.”
Shirazi said he wanted the act to have an open dialogue about Islamic society “so people can express themselves as they choose, without threat of being flogged, stoned or beheaded.”
The parade organizers would have none of it, saying the act ridiculed a nuanced issue, even though the parade organizers would have no problem if the group mocked Catholics by dressing in nuns’ habits.
Vancouver Pride Society’s co-executive director Andrea Arnot said burkas are not just about oppression, but also choice.
“Many women choose to wear burkas. It’s part of their identity, their religion and..
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Kevin J. Johnston