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The Socialist 14 January 2015

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident!

The Socialist issue 839

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident

Billionaires five times richer than in 2004

Circle vulture flies out of Hinchingbrooke

Stop the Tory strike ban plan

Them & Us


Help build an anti-cuts electoral alternative

Socialist Party Election Appeal 2015


France: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Sri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

Germany: what is behind Pegida?


London bus drivers unite in historic strike action

Shift change exposes employer's 'family values'

Tesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Workplace news in brief


A new era for New Era

A strange way to protect public services

Sedgehill School besieged by privateers

Freedom Riders ride again

Join the socialists to fight privatisation

Fighting fund targets smashed


Book review: Eleanor Marx - a life

The straightwashing of Pride

 
 
 
 

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The straightwashing of Pride

Ben Golightly, Swansea Socialist Party

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Pride (2014) at the cinema last year. The film dramatises the solidarity between LGBT and mining communities during the 1984-85 miners' strike.

However, like many people, I was frustrated by the news that the US release hid all reference to sexuality on the packaging. It referred to "Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners" only as "activists" and removed the group's banner from the promotional image.

Too often we are fed the cynical idea of the "pink pound" by lobbying groups like the (misnamed!) Stonewall: that LGBT liberation can be advertised by companies and bought by consumers.

Profits

Socialists know that the market only cares about profits. This time US distributors saw more profit in "straightwashing" an excellent film, blaming "an unfortunate commercial reality".

Liberation can't be left passively in the hands of big business. Pride demonstrated how powerful the workers' movement can be when it unites against oppression, with the National Union of Mineworkers playing a key part in the fight for LGBT rights.

The Socialist Party raises the need to rebuild these militant traditions and build a workers' movement united against the prejudices of today's society, linking up with oppressed groups in struggle.

  • Pride was reviewed in the Socialist, 17 September 2014, See www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/19233

In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident

Billionaires five times richer than in 2004

Circle vulture flies out of Hinchingbrooke

Stop the Tory strike ban plan

Them & Us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Help build an anti-cuts electoral alternative

Socialist Party Election Appeal 2015


International socialist news and analysis

France: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Sri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

Germany: what is behind Pegida?


Socialist Party workplace news

London bus drivers unite in historic strike action

Shift change exposes employer's 'family values'

Tesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A new era for New Era

A strange way to protect public services

Sedgehill School besieged by privateers

Freedom Riders ride again

Join the socialists to fight privatisation

Fighting fund targets smashed


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Book review: Eleanor Marx - a life

The straightwashing of Pride


 

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