Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25786

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 July 2017

Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Socialist Party members marching with the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition at London Pride 2016

Socialist Party members marching with the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition at London Pride 2016   (Click to enlarge)

Michael Johnson, from the Socialist Party's LGBT group, highlights some of the issues being discussed in this year's Pride celebrations.

London Pride this year has been beset by controversy. A number of posters it created were seen as advertising Pride as an event for straight people, treating gay men as fashion accessories, and recycling common homophobic bullying by calling negative things "gay."

At the same time, London Pride organisers were courting notorious corporations such as Barclays Bank, Starbucks and Vodafone as sponsors - an issue that has increasingly caused controversy around the world.

There are serious questions about the discriminatory practices of these companies against LGBT+ people, as well as their role in wider politics. This has led to protests against their involvement, such as at Washington Pride in the US earlier this year.

There are now discussions among parts of the LGBT+ community about the role of Pride events going forward. Pride marches initially marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 in New York.

They quickly spread around the world as a day to display the strength and community of LGBT+ people and have played a major role in the ongoing struggle for LGBT+ rights since, such as during the Aids crisis and struggle for marriage equality.

Despite what some may argue, the struggle for LGBT+ rights is not over. Within the UK, people in Northern Ireland are still fighting for marriage equality.

LGBT+ people still face harassment and violence, not just from strangers but in work and schools. We are more likely to experience mental health issues and a disproportionate number of LGBT+ young people are homeless.

Rather than try and entice corporations to sell things to take advantage of a mythical 'pink pound,' Pride events should be organised by the LGBT+ community.

Alongside celebrating the achievements made, they should provide a forum to develop campaigns on the issues that are affecting our community to ensure the fight for LGBT+ rights continues, rather than be swallowed by rainbow logos.

Read more

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 5 July 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Public sector wages - Pay up!

Jobstown victory: protest is not a crime!

Blairite EU rebellion: no to the bosses' Single Market

Fight establishment's Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!

Hillsborough: six charged due to determination of justice campaign

Tories' tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!


Readers' comments and reviews

200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class

Transport strategy: London's mayor is no visionary

The Socialist inbox


What we think

1 July demo: anger and enthusiasm shows potential mass movement


Socialist Party workplace news

'Jubilant' hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London

Support the Merseyrail strikes against DOO

RMT conference opens debate on Labour and pledges to fight anti-union laws

Bin workers' anger boils over into strike action

Unison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit

Surrey FBU pass no confidence motion

BA cabin crew blacklisting strike starts

Leeds: Nurses' union RCN says 'scrap the cap'


Pride 2017

Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today


NI abortion u-turn

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn


Housing

Haringey: stop demolition of homes and communities

South London tower block residents plan safety campaign

Newcastle tenants demand answers


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

East London community demands action after racist attacks

Another record fighting fund quarter!

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

Pensioners oppose DUP deal


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 July 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

LGBT:

triangleFighting corporate takeover at London Pride

triangleLessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

triangleCanterbury pride

triangleNorthern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories

triangleFight Tory and DUP anti-LGBT+ bigotry

Socialist:

triangleNorthern Pride's a success

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Role of trade unions in bringing down the Tories

triangleSalford Socialist Party: The 1871 Paris Commune

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Grenfell Tower disaster - why we need socialism!

Pride:

triangleNottinghamshire Pride makes history

triangleLeeds Pride 2016: Pride must be political!

Russian revolution:

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Russian Revolution 1917 - the July days

triangleRussia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution:

triangleBuilding workers' struggle and the forces of international socialism

Gay:

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Chechnya - Gay rights and the repressions

Women:

triangleBBC yawning pay gaps revealed

Russia:

triangleJuly Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution

Marriage:

triangleNorthern Ireland: divisive election a warning

Oppression:

triangleWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Sex:

triangleLGBT people need militancy, not false 'allies' like David Cameron

Family:

triangleFamilies to have 15,000 debt by 2020 - trade union action needed

Transgender:

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sexism:

triangleMass movements, not 'fringe cultures', can win feminist change

Bolsheviks:

triangleCaerphilly and RCT Socialist Party: April 1917 - Lenin and the Bolsheviks

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

26/7/17

Debt

Abolish tuition fees and student debt!

26/7/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

26/7/17

Homelessness

Homelessness and evictions soar under the Tories

26/7/17

BBC

BBC yawning pay gaps revealed

26/7/17

Brexit

Right wing attempts to use single market against Corbyn

25/7/17

PCS

Court victory for PCS and all trade unions

19/7/17

Education

Education cuts: Tories buckling under public pressure

12/7/17

Refugees

G20 betrays refugees created by its own policies

12/7/17

Anti-austerity

This bosses' government must go

12/7/17

Trade unions

The left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

5/7/17

Abortion

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

5/7/17

LGBT

Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

5/7/17

Pay

Public sector wages - Pay up!

5/7/17

Grenfell Tower

Fight establishment's Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!

5/7/17

Tuition Fees

Tories' tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle27 Jul 'Scrap the Cap on pay', demand nurses

triangle26 Jul Barts health strike: Low pay, no way!

triangle26 Jul Bin workers stand firm

triangle26 Jul Education cuts forced back

triangle26 Jul Abolish tuition fees and student debt!

triangle26 Jul Building workers' struggle and the forces of international socialism

triangle26 Jul Right wing attempts to use single market against Corbyn

More ...

triangle27 Jul Swansea Socialist Party: Building a Marxist International

triangle27 Jul Cardiff East Socialist Party: Socialist Question Time

triangle27 Jul Lambeth Socialist Party: What is Socialism?

triangle1 Aug Derby Socialist Party: Domestic violence - What are the causes?

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2