Organization of 51 Muslim States Blocks Gays from UN AIDS Meeting

The left's ally in tolerance.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation turns out to be very uncooperative when it comes to interacting with gays and transgenders, according to Reuters.

Egypt wrote to the president of the United Nations' 193-member General Assembly on behalf of the OIC - which, at 51 states, is the world's largest Muslim entity - to object to the attendance of 11 gay and transgender​ groups at a high-level meeting there next month on ending AIDS.

The letter did not state a reason for the objection. We're guessing it has something to do with the "Islamic" part of "Organization of Islamic Cooperation."

So did Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who wrote to General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft to say that the groups appeared to have been blocked for their involvement in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy.

This prompted a protest on the part of the United States the European Union, and Canada, which are not yet Islamic states. Power's letter states,

"Given that transgender people are 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population, their exclusion from the high-level meeting will only impede global progress in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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"The movement to block the participation of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] on spurious or hidden grounds is becoming epidemic and severely damages the credibility of the U.N."

TruthRevolt is unaware that the UN has any credibility, but in any case, LGBT rights and participation in UN events have long faced staunch resistance from African, Arab and Muslim states, as well as from Russia and China. In 2014, Russia, with the support of 43 states including Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria, unsuccessfully tried to overturn the UN's move to recognize all same-sex marriages of its staff. In February, the 54-member African Group, the OIC, and the 25-member Group of Friends of the Family led by Belarus, Egypt and Qatar protested six new UN stamps promoting LGBT equality.

Meanwhile, instead of demanding that their allies - intolerant and oppressive Islamic and Communist countries - recognize gay and transgender rights, the American left is singularly focused on the "next frontier" of civil rights here: making all bathrooms genderless.

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