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Dear President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken,
As I’m sure you’re well aware, there has news of late about the situation in Afghanistan when it comes to members of the LGBTQ community. According to various media reports, the Taliban, though not yet in full control has vowed to take action against gays, lesbians and transgender Afghans if they take power again following America’s upcoming withdrawal, as they already have in certain regions of the country.
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Jihadist judge Gul Rahim has said that they plan to enact sharia law as punishment against gay men , which includes stoning to death and crushing them under a 8-10 foot wall. The situation for the LGBTQ citizens of Afghanistan is already a dangerous one; they’ve lived in a climate of oppression and fear, and now to add the threat of this type of horrifying brutality is tragic and abhorrent.
The Taliban’s pace of occupation is accelerating, and the window is quickly closing to evacuate those who might be at risk under their regime. I saw the recent story about Operation Allied Refuge, a massive airlift you are […]