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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 July 2011
No to cuts! No to discrimination!
Greg Randall, Socialist Party LGBT group
Members of the Socialist Party's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) group and London party members took anti-cuts campaigning to Pride London on 2 July.
Pride started off as a political demonstration for LGBT liberation, but it's now a commercialised event with corporate sponsors and contingents there to advertise products. Despite this, there are always people there who want to protest against homophobia and discrimination.
We leafleted and spoke to people to explain how the cuts will have a particularly severe effect on LGBT people. Economic crisis also leads to scapegoating - hate crimes against LGBT people increased by 21% in 2010/11.
Our material was well received, and we sold 40 copies of the Socialist before joining the march alongside trade union contingents and anti-cuts groups such as Queer Resistance and Queers Against the Cuts.
As the fight against cuts develops we'll be making sure that the message goes out into the LGBT communities to build a political movement that will cut across all the commercial dross infecting Pride. We'll be putting forward socialist ideas against capitalist prejudice and big business exploitation, and for LGBT liberation.
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In The Socialist 6 July 2011:
30th June strike and after
What next to defeat the cuts?
Next time - strike together...
24-hour public sector general strike as next step to beat the Con-Dems
Standing up to a weak government
Labour - condemned for condemning strike
Solidarity from POA
We can win together
Walkout at Wormwood Scrubs prison
30 June pension strike reports
Socialist Party news and analysis
Leaked memo shows government lied over its homeless policies
Dilnot report: A disservice to disabled and older people
Durham Miners' Gala: Miliband pulls out
Stop the racist and divisive EDL
Time to defend abortion rights... again
News in brief
Socialist Party workplace news
Southampton council workers strike on same day as teachers, lecturers and civil servants
Birmingham - the fightback begins
Leeds Unison members decisively reject the council's final offer
Fawley refinery construction engineers summarily sacked
Fighting pension cuts and the anti-union laws
Workplace news in brief
Successful NSSN meeting in Coventry
International socialist news and analysis
East Belfast riots: Only united working class action can prevent further attacks
Kazakhstan: Striking oil workers attempt to break news blockade
Sabotage on ship to Gaza
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
All workers: unite to fight for decent jobs
High street job cuts: Jane Norman worker speaks out
Socialist Students meeting prepares for new term
Youth Fight for Jobs: campaign moving forward
Day-Mer festival support for 30 June pensions strike
Socialist Party reviews
Review: A Common Treasury
Endgame by Rise Against
Building the socialist alternative on 30 June
Socialist Party youth meeting: Successful and insightful
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