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Tens of thousands of people came to Manchester for Europride over the bank holiday. From Stockholm to Stockport, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and straight people gathered for the parade and party, celebrating equality and diversity.
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The Socialist Party stall gathered hundreds of signatures for our campaign against homophobic bullying, raising £280 for the socialist fight. But fighting politics of any sort were conspicuous by their absence from the official corporate-connected publicity.
In the same weekend as Europride, the religious right attacked "perverted" sex education and a conservative private school claimed "culture is in meltdown". The government curriculum emphasises heterosexual marriage and relegates unmarried straight and all non-straight relationships to second-class status.
Ending divisions of gender and sexual orientation means ending the most fundamental division of all - class division in class society. That's why we are socialists and why we fight for a socialist world free of intolerance and prejudice.
In The Socialist 4 September 2004:
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