Is the queer brigade fighting ISIS in Syria a force for liberation or alienation?

Source: The Intercept
by Anna Lekas Miller

"Last month, A rag-tag group of foreign fighters announced the creation of the first LGBTQ brigade fighting against the Islamic State in Syria. Their name? The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA (yes, pronounced 'tequila'). … Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied their affiliation with the foreign brigade, but TQILA quickly became an internet sensation. Newsweek and the Independent praised the LGBTQ battalion for their courage and the YPG for their inclusive politics. Twitter ran with it, using the news of the LGBTQ battalion to condemn ISIS and slam Donald Trump's recent ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. But while TQILA's rainbow flags and catchy banners may have been clickbait for certain parts of left Twitter, other activists and people with experience on the ground argue that masked foreign fighters are not the way to advance the rights of LGBTQ people in the war-torn region." (08/10/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/10/is-the-queer-brigade-fighting-isis-in-syria-a-force-for-liberation-or-alienation/