The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army

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The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army
LeadersNo leader (non-hierarchical organisation)
Dates of operation24 July 2017 – 24 September 2018[1]
Active regions Rojava
IdeologyAnarchism
Anarcha-feminism
Queer anarchism
Political positionLeft-wing
StatusInactive
SizeUnknown
Part of International Freedom Battalion
IRPGF[2][3]
Allies Syrian Democratic Forces

RUIS
MKP
MLKP
TKEP/L
TKP/ML TİKKO[4]
THKP-C/MLSPB
United Freedom Forces

  • Women's Freedom Forces

Kurdistan Workers' Party

Opponents Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles and warsSyrian Civil War
Colours
  Black
  Pink
Flag
TQILA Flag.svg
Emblem
TQILA Logo.svg

The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA) was a queer anarchist armed group and subunit of the International Revolutionary People's Guerrilla Forces formed on 24 July 2017 by LGBT members of the IRPGF. Its formation was announced from Raqqa City along with a statement explaining the purposes of its formation; the systematic persecution of LGBT people by ISIL was highlighted as a significant motivation for the creation of the group. TQILA is reported to be the first LGBT unit to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and apparently the first LGBT militia in the Middle East.

Formation[edit]

The testimonial image of its formation, in which fighters posed alongside a sign with the motto "These faggots kill fascists" and two flags — the flag of the group and an LGBT flag — went viral. Western media reported on the unit extensively.[note 1]

The unit, like the rest of the IRPGF, is a member of the International Freedom Battalion. One of the group's testimonial photos features Heval Mahir,[note 2] commander of the International Freedom Battalion, and the Marxist-Leninist guerrilla groups, TKP/ML TİKKO, holding the LGBT flag.

Despite being part of the International Freedom Battalion some news outlets erroneously reported that TQILA was an official unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces which caused confusion. In response, Mustafa Bali, media director of the SDF, denied these claims. He stated that there is no LGBT brigade within the coalition. However, he did not deny the existence of an LGBT brigade within the International Freedom Battalion.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ @IRPGF (24 September 2018). "Final communique from the IRPGF" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Moore, Jack (25 July 2017). "First LGBT unit created to fight ISIS in Syria. Its name? The Queer Insurrection". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2 June 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Kentish, Ben (25 July 2017). "'The Queer Insurrection': Coalition forces fighting Isis in Syria form first LGBT unit". The Independent. Archived from the original on 23 June 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Rojava, TİKKO (13 June 2017). "Rojava'dan Kaypakkaya mesajlarıhttps://youtu.be/oguh1otMUj8". @RojavaTikko. Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Roussinos, Aris (15 June 2017). "Confirmed taking part in Raqqa offensive:". @arisroussinos. Retrieved 15 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Esteban, Nacho (27 July 2017). "TQILA, un mal trago para la homofobia". HuffPost. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Moore, Jack (25 July 2017). "First LGBT Unit 'Created to Fight ISIS' in Syria". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2 June 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "'The Queer Insurrection': Coalition forces fighting Isis in Syria form first LGBT unit". The Independent. 25 July 2017. Archived from the original on 23 June 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Lapin, Tamar (25 July 2017). "LGBT soldiers are going after ISIS in Syria". New York Post. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "LGBT army unit established to take on ISIL". Euronews. 25 July 2017. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Borja, Rodrigo (27 July 2017). "La milicia LGTB que desafía al ISIS en Siria: "Estos maricas asesinan fascistas"". El Confidencial. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Twitter de las IRPGF". 25 July 2017. Archived from the original on 19 April 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2017. TİKKO guerrilla & new IFB commander Heval Mahir is a dear friend of the IRPGF and supporter of Queer liberation. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "LGBT unit not officially part of SDF, says Kurdish official". Middle East Eye. 26 July 2017. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. TQILA, which announced on Twitter its acronym name is pronounced "tequila", is a part of the IRPGF, an anarchist unit and a sub-group of the International Freedom Battalion of foreign fighters formed to assist the SDF. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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