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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 June 2006

National LGBT meeting

Preparing for Europride

The Socialist Party LGBT caucus met on the 25th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. Members from around England and Wales, almost half of them youth or students, met to discuss Marxism, religion and LGBT rights and priorities for campaigning over the summer.

Tom Penman Leicester

Lynn Walsh introduced the first discussion on the resurgence of religious ideas and described how the ruling class uses religion, both as a way of dividing the working class and as a way of justifying their own actions.

For example, the US government has used religious language and ideas to justify its actions in the Middle East, at one point George W. Bush even described it as a 'crusade'.

As socialists we support the democratic right of people to follow and practise any religion (as long as it does not harm the rights of others), or none at all, and the right to criticise religion. However, we also support the complete separation of church and state.

Marc Vallee introduced the organisational session and began with a brief overview of our party's proud history on LGBT rights - how we had intervened into Pride marches in the past and how the plans for Europride were shaping up.

During the discussion members raised points about issues they thought needed dealing with, including continuing the youth campaign against homophobic bullying and opposing the commercialisation of Pride events.

BA are sponsoring Europride and have stated that LGBT people are an 'affluent group', adding to the stereotype that all LGBT people are wealthy and middle class - apparently working-class LGBT people don't exist! After the discussion, the LGBT caucus steering group was elected.

 

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In The Socialist 8 June 2006:

Don't let the NHS bleed to death

Save our NHS!

Pregnancy discrimination: Bosses show their dirty tricks

Iraq: Bush and Blair's deadly legacy

A 'trigger-happy' police raid?

Festival of football, carnival of cash

Education after New Labour's Education Bill

2,000 sign up to Campaign for New Workers' Party

1926 General Strike book launch

Preparing for Europride

Lecturers dispute

Socialist Party members make an impact at Wales TUC

Delegates debate DWP strikes

Unity needed to fight exploitation

Right wing fail to stop Berlin WASG

Chile: Youth take to the streets demanding action


 

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