...we expect to have delegates installed in every country in the world by the end of the year.
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 2, 2010
FIGS – The Free, Independent Gay State, an international organization representing the global Gay community, has elected Garrett Graham as President to a three year term. Members of the governing body reside on six of the seven continents. In the twenty seven voting blocks, Graham garnered 73 percent of the vote. The remaining 27 percent of the votes were cast for two other candidates, Jack Smith of Sydney, Australia and Gabriel Silva of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As an organization they seek Gay independence and the founding of a Gay nation.
Membership in the FIGS party is rapidly expanding around the world. Members are known to one another as “Figgies” and advocate for a politically autonomous Gay Nation-State and stress their demands for Gay independence. “At no time in modern history, have conditions been more favorable, nor do I suspect conditions will improve if we wait any longer. This is a unique moment in time and Gay people everywhere are demanding equality, freedom and liberty and they want it now,” Graham said from his New York office. Interest and membership in FIGS has been growing rapidly. “Of course our people exist in every nation on Earth and unfortunately, the LGBT community is oppressed and persecuted in 95 percent of all nations. Conditions are shameful in America, but the situation is even worse in most other countries,” he added.
Graham has devoted more than twenty five years of his life as a Gay activist, promoting international Gay equality. As a human rights mediator and university lecturer, Graham has travelled extensively. As an author, his book The Gay State: The Quest for an Independent Gay Nation-State and what It Means to Conservatives and the World’s Religions is due to be released in late Spring. The book is a 21st Century “Gay Manifesto” that is inspired by the work of Theodor Herzl and Thomas Paine, two intellectuals and visionaries who motivated a people to escape tyranny, claim their independence and issue a call to arms, if necessary. According to Graham, “if not for Muslim fundamentalists, self-righteous Christian practitioners and the political conservatives, we would not find ourselves in such difficult straits. No one can deny the brutal treatment we’ve received from them since time immemorial. It is clear by their actions and words that they will not allow us to live in peace. Even our religious and conservative allies and supporters know we must separate in order to secure our freedom.”
Recently Graham petitioned for the release of a Gay couple in Malawi, imprisoned after they were discovered to be in a committed, loving Gay relationship. The case continues to seek a resolution and while in custody, the men have been subjected to beatings and inhumane torment. Graham also successfully negotiated with Gambian authorities to suspend their decree to initiate beheadings of all Homosexuals arrested in an undercover sweep by secret police squads. “No one can deny that we as a people have been savagely oppressed for more than 3,000 years and it shows no sign of ending. Even today, our very existence is outlawed in more than 80 nations around the world. All that we seek is to have our own small, politically sovereign territory and to be left in peace. We want nothing more and will take care of the rest. We will prosper and succeed or despair and fail, according to our own merit, drive and talent.” A FIGS official stressed that their commitment to equality is a fundamental principle of the FIGS and they will welcome all Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender people to their new Gay homeland. “We will also welcome all of our non-Gay Heterosexual Allies who care to join us in one of Mankind’s greatest experiments, the first majority-Gay nation in recorded human history,” according to Jack Flannigan, acting Press Secretary.
Graham’s platform in this week’s election included plans to consolidate the organizations resources and broaden their global communications. They plan to launch The Gay News Network in June. It will focus on international news coverage for the global Gay community utilizing internet podcasts and its international media affiliates around the world. Members of the Communications Department have been working with the New York headquarters of CBS, one of the major television networks in the United States in preparation for the launch. According to Jack Flannigan, “At the rapid rate we are currently seeing, we expect to have delegates installed in every country in the world by the end of the year. Their duty will be to represent all of our members within their district, in essence acting as our Consular sections.”
FIGS is stressing in their mission statement that all of their members will have equal representation. Officials stress that they will not allow the organization to become a de facto state for wealthy Americans or privileged Europeans, but will instead represent every spectrum and every demographic of the “global Gay rainbow of humanity.”