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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
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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.
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
Greg Randall Socialist Party LGBT group
Once again the world's media has been focused on the
horrific breaking up of an attempted protest in Moscow....
Socialist Party LGBT meeting: This year sees the
fortieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of gay sex between men in
England and Wales...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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)
25 and 26
Come to the
Sunday 1 - 3 pm
Debate: Peter Tatchell (Outrage) Tony Saunois (Socialist Party)
For details, see:
WHAT DO the Mayor of London, British Airways, Virgin
Mobile, Ford, gaydarradio.com, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the
Metropolitan Police, Gay.com, 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.
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.
23 June 2006
Europride 2006 - 1 July
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.
National LGBT meeting
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
16 February 2006
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.
26 January 2006
Reviews: Gay Muslims Channel 4
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
19 January 2006
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?
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
(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.
Protest against hanging of gay teenagers!
11 August, 1pm
Iranian Embassy, 16 Prince's Gate,
London SW7 (near Royal Albert Hall).
Protest called by Outrage
21 July 2005
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
Shahar Benhar, CWI Israel, Thursday 21 July 2005
7 July 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
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
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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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
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our pamphlet (written March 1999):
Generation: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality beyond 2000
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.
July 2004: Pride In Socialist Ideas
Thousands of people took to the streets last
Saturday for London's gay Pride.
2004 Same-sex civil partnerships
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.
2003 Report on Socialist Party LGBT
rights: 'Family values' fears produce confused equality measures
Repeal Section 28
Pride 2003: Fight The Bigots And Bullies
Rights Aren't Only For Bishops
Stonewall riots - 1969 (From Socialism Today magazine)