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July 2007

Gay equality: still a long way to go

July 2007 sees the fortieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in England and Wales. Limited though this was, not least in imposing an unequal age of consent, it is rightly seen as an early landmark in winning legal rights for lesbian, gay men, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. GREG RANDALL looks at the progress made and the limits of reform. (From Socialism Today, the Socialist Party's monthly magazine - opens in new window)

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June 2007

Pride not profit

The annual Pride event should be about the assertion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) demands for equality. It was started to commemorate the gay riot in the United States in 1969 which kick-started the modern LGBT rights movement.

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June 2007

London Pride 2007 Homophobia - it's so not over!

Gay Pride 2007, photo Marc Vallee

AS THE lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community celebrate Pride on 30 June, has equality arrived at last, as a headline in the gay press claimed recently?

Greg Randall Socialist Party LGBT group

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May 2007

Repression of Gay Pride in Moscow

Once again the world's media has been focused on the horrific breaking up of an attempted protest in Moscow....

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May 2007

Homophobia: it's not over

Socialist Party LGBT meeting: This year sees the fortieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of gay sex between men in England and Wales...

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May 2007

LGBT Group meeting

Socialist Party LGBT Group is meeting in London on 19 May 2007 to discuss these threats and to build campaigns to defend and extend LGBT rights.

We believe that only a socialist society, based on solidarity instead of profit, can guarantee our rights and bring true equality.

Anyone interested in these issues, whether they identify as LGBT or not, is welcome to the meeting. For more details contact Manny on 020 8988 8777 or at

May 2007

Campaigning for LGBT rights

If you believe New Labour propaganda - which most workers saw through years ago - you would think that everything is great for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Blair and his supporters within the LGBT community claim that legal reforms, such as civil partnerships, can solve all our problems. But laws aimed against sexism and racism have not ushered in a golden age for women or Black and Asian workers.

Greg Randall Socialist Party LGBT caucus

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February 2007

LGBT counter protest, photo Marc ValleeGay adoption

Christian hierarchy attacks equal rights

WHILE SOCIALISTS were out last week campaigning against cuts in the NHS, the leaders of Britain's main Christian de-nominations were involved in a different kind of battle.

LGBT counter protest, photo Marc Vallee

They want to be given an exemption from laws due to be implemented this spring that will ban discrimination against Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people (LGBT) in the provision of services, writes Greg Randall.

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November 2006

Israel: Gay Pride demo under serious threat

Reactionary Jewish and Arab groups unite in homophobic campaign:

A Gay Pride demo will be held in Jerusalem, on 10 November, against a background of vicious incitement and homophobic propaganda by reactionary Jewish and Arab organisations. This follows a similar campaign running up to the June 2005 Gay Pride demo, which lead to the stabbing of three demonstrators by an ultra right-wing settler (who was sentenced to 12 years in prison). These groups are attempting to whip up hatred and intimidation in to prevent people from attending the demonstration.

From the Committee for a workers international website (Opens in new window)

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November 2006

Socialism 2006

25 and 26 November 2006

Come to the session:

How can we end homophobia?

Sunday 1 - 3 pm

Debate: Peter Tatchell (Outrage) Tony Saunois (Socialist Party)

For details, see:

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July 2006

EuroPride or EuroShame?

WHAT DO the Mayor of London, British Airways, Virgin Mobile, Ford,, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the Metropolitan Police,, Gay Times and Diva magazines all have in common? They are sponsors of EuroPride 2006 which this year takes place in July in London. MARC VALLEE writes on the commercialisation of Pride.

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29 June 2006

EuroPride 1 July

Socialist Party / International Socialist Resistance post-Pride meeting

Saturday 1 July, 3.45pm

The Clarence pub, Whitehall (Off Trafalgar Square)

THE SHIFT towards the left in social attitudes over the last ten years has meant that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have won important rights in Britain. These include an equal age of consent and the abolition of Section 28 of the Local Government Act, freeing schools from the constraints they felt were stopping them from discussing LGBT relationships.

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23 June 2006

Europride 2006 - 1 July

Putting the politics into Pride

The Lesbian and Gay rights movement started in 1969 with the Stonewall riots in New York when drag queens physically fought the police who were raiding gay bars. Greg Randall, Hackney Socialist Party, writes.

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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 reports on the meeting

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16 February 2006

LGBT history monthLesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month

FEBRUARY IS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. The idea comes from Black History Month, as a way to redress the lack of acknowledgement of the history of LGBT people in society, schools, colleges and education as a whole.

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26 January 2006

Reviews: Gay Muslims Channel 4

Homophobia isn't the exclusive preserve of any religion

THE EXPERIENCE of British gay and lesbian Muslims was the subject for the Channel 4 documentary Gay Muslims. One of the aims of the programme was to illustrate the diversity within Islam and how different Muslim communities deal with homosexuality.

Marc Vallée, Socialist Party national LGBT group convenor

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19 January 2006

Brokeback Mountain

ADAPTED FROM Annie Proulx's novel and directed by Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain is a thought-provoking, poignant film about the tragic love affair of two ranch hands, with only each other, a dog, their horses, 1,000 sheep and a bottle of whisky for company. But what future faces them when they come down off the mountain?

Ruth Williams writes...

15 August 2005


The new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, voted in on 24 June, promised Iranian workers that he would not reverse the ‘democratic reforms’ of recent years.

Less than one month later, on 19 July, his regime carried out the brutal public execution of two gay teenagers for the so-called ‘crime’ of homosexuality.


29 July 2005

Iran: Government executes gay teenagers

(On our CWI website - opens in new window)

The newly elected president of Iran, the religious conservative and former revolutionary guard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was elected on the 24 June tried to play down fears of Iranian workers during the election campaign that he would reverse the “liberalization” of recent years.

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Protest against hanging of gay teenagers!

Iranian Embassy

11 August, 1pm

Iranian Embassy, 16 Prince's Gate,

London SW7 (near Royal Albert Hall).

Protest called by Outrage

21 July 2005

Israel: Reactionary right whips up homophobia against Pride demonstration.

Weeks of a vicious propaganda campaign against the proposal to hold a Pride Parade in Jerusalem resulted in demonstrators being stabbed by a reactionary ultra right-wing settler at the event on June 30.

Shahar Benhar, CWI Israel, Thursday 21 July 2005

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7 July 2005

Pride 2005

WAS THE London LGBT Pride more political this year? An event which takes place to remember the 1969 Stonewall riots and the birth of the gay rights movement has mostly become less about fighting homophobia and more about a big street party for much of the LGBT world.

Marc Vallée, Socialist Party National LGBT Group Convenor

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30 June 2005

Make Homophobia and Capitalism History!

THIS IS the Socialist Party Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group message at this year's Pride.

As thousands are protesting in Edinburgh against the G8 the London Pride Parade and Rally will be taking place in London with sponsorship from Ford, Virgin Mobile and even the Metropolitan Police Authority!.

Marc Vallée, Socialist Party National LGBT Group Convenor, reports

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NUS LGBT conference

Fighting discrimination is political

THE RECENT National Union of Students (NUS) annual LGBT conference saw disagreements surface on a number of issues - within the campaign and about what its aims and aspirations should be. Some even said that the campaign should be 'happy fighting' for legal equality and 'shouldn't be political'!

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Stop Homophobic Bullying In Schools

DESPITE BIG steps towards legal equality over the last few years, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people suffer from homophobic abuse in schools and colleges everyday.

Alex Christie, ISR West London and Marc Vallee, Socialist Party LGBT Group

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Read our pamphlet (written March 1999):

Liberation Generation: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality beyond 2000

Article archive:

6 November 2004: Unite Against Homophobia

DAVID MORLEY, a gay man, was kicked and beaten to death in the early hours of Sunday morning. A mixed gang of six young people attacked three sets of people during 30 violent minutes.

Pride July 2004: Pride In Socialist Ideas

Thousands of people took to the streets last Saturday for London's gay Pride.

June 2004 Same-sex civil partnerships

From Socialism Today June 2004: AFTER MANY years of campaigning by gay and lesbian activists New Labour has introduced the Civil Partnerships Bill, which is currently going through the UK parliament.

October 2003 Report on Socialist Party LGBT meeting

LGBT rights: 'Family values' fears produce confused equality measures

Now Repeal Section 28

Feature: Pride 2003: Fight The Bigots And Bullies

Gay Rights Aren't Only For Bishops

The Stonewall riots - 1969 (From Socialism Today magazine)

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