support from gays
Bradley Manning faces life in prison for leaking documents to WikiLeaks.
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THE SILENCE OF THE GAY COMMUNITY regarding the torture, trial and conviction of Bradley Manning has been deafening.
The leading American gay rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign has said nothing whatsoever.
Repeated attempts to contact them for comment were unsuccessful.
The Advocate, a leading publication oriented towards the gay community, has been negligent in ignoring the trial.
It has been known since at least 2011 that Manning – accused and now convicted of espionage for leaking secret U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks – is gay.
Where has our community been in his hour of need?
THE ISSUE WAS RASIED Tuesday by Christopher Carbone writing in the Guardian, the best newspaper in the U.K. in the article Have gay rights groups abandoned Bradley Manning?
The Guardian article by Christopher Carbone. It’s worth reading. Click image to enlarge.
“One of the interesting factors is that two of the largest and most well funded LGBT rights groups in the US have stayed quiet about Manning, his reprehensible treatment in custody and his trial,” Carbone wrote.
“Why has Manning, whose revelations about the US Army’s actions epitomize social justice in action, gotten the cold shoulder from the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD (formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)? The silence of these groups has been deafening.”
Perhaps the best documentary about the events leading to Manning’s apprehension, arrest and solitary confinement for more than a year in a military brig was produced not in America – but in Australia.
There Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “The Forgotten Man” was first aired Feb 14., 2011.
The video appears with this post, but not for the first time on this blog.
It is also available at the July 19 post titled “Judge’s ruling could send Bradley Manning to prison forever”
A search of the Human Rights Campaign web site, seen here, reveals nothing about the Bradley Manning torture, trial and conviction. Click image to enlarge.
Manning’s sexual oreintation is explored in depth in this documentary. His father, a sympathetic figure, worries about his son entering the then don’t-ask-don’t-tell military.
Manning himself is self-effacing, but proudly gay. He is certainly no closet case.
This documentary also was the first to reveal the identity of the informant who told U.S. authorities about Manning’s activities while stationed in Iraq.
Adrian Lamo, self-admittedly suffering from serious mental illness, handed over logs of his online chats with the private to police, while confiding in a reporter for Wired Magazine.
Since I discovered it, I have used “The forgotten man” every semester with my journalism students. It is a great lesson in press freedom, and the lengths to which we must continually go to defend it in America.
So where, in all this time, has the gay community been in this riveting drama?
In the wings!
In the closet?
A search of The Advocate web site returns nothing on Bradley Manning, the WikiLeaks hero.
Was the LGBT community too afraid – or preoccupied – to take a stance in support of a controversial figure, one who is despised by the right wing (especially Fox News-types) but lionized by those who believe we have a right to know about what our government is doing on our behalf all over the world?
It is a great pity.
Effective coalition building was the key to advancement of gay rights to the point they are today in the U.S. We have come a long way.
But the community’s absence from Bradley Manning’s side in his moment of need is regrettable at best, cowardly at worst.
Watch a condensed version of the Australian documentary below.
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