Wednesday 30-11-2016 - 14:00
This is a statement against far-right 'pinkwashing' from the NUS LGBT+ Committee.
In the current climate of a rising nationalist far-right movement, it is important to stand in solidarity with all those that the far-right seek to target under racist and xenophobic ideas of nationalism. These groups include, but are not limited to, Muslim people, Jewish people, refugees, People of Colour and migrants.
It is also important to reject the use of LGBT+ people as pawns against these targeted groups. LGBT+ rights shouldn’t be used as a rhetorical device to push a far-right nationalist agenda. Neither should LGBT+ people be played out against other marginalised groups, especially given the fact that there are LGBT+ people who also hold all the aforementioned identities.
The Dutch far-right Partij voor de Vrijheid has pointed the finger towards Muslims, saying that Dutch people should protect “their” LGBT+ community from the rise of Islam. We reject this narrative.
The Swedish Sverigedemokraterna has said that immigrants and Muslims form a threat to LGBT+ people. We reject this narrative.
In everyday life, it has almost become normal for many people to assume that non-Western and/or non-white people are necessarily more homophobic or transphobic. We reject this narrative.
NUS LGBT+ is already against pinkwashing, but with many major European elections coming up over the next year and the recent election result in the USA, we find it necessary to once again state that we stand in full solidarity with people all over the world who will be negatively affected by a rise of the far-right.
We, your elected NUS LGBT+ Committee, want to firmly state that we do not condone any far-right party calling for Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia or anti-Semitism in our name. They are not our allies and they never will be.