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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 July 2018

Fighting for trans rights at Bristol pride

Socialist Party members at Bristol Pride, 14.6.18, photo by Mike Luff

Socialist Party members at Bristol Pride, 14.6.18, photo by Mike Luff   (Click to enlarge)

Maddy Steeds, Socialist Party LGBT+ group

The biggest Bristol Pride yet took place on the 14 June. Following the attempts by anti-trans rights campaigners to hijack London pride, Bristol Socialist Party was out campaigning to support trans rights and fight for the rights of all LGBT+ people and oppressed groups in society.

Our message of supporting trans rights and fighting for the right to self-identify your gender was strongly supported by the crowd. Our material pointed out the need to build a united working class struggle as the way to ultimately end all forms of oppression.

500 leaflets were given out and one passerby said "I'm so glad to see you here after the events at London Pride".

On the day we sold badges and painted rainbows on people's faces in exchange for a donation. Over 50 was raised for the Socialist Party.

The depoliticisation of Pride has meant many people go to Pride to party rather than protest. However our success in Bristol shows that people at Pride are open to socialist ideas and see the need for Pride to be political.

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Them & Us


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Blacklisting of Militant supporters by Thatcher government revealed

Victory for Swansea postal workers against management victimisation

Hull recycling workers win right to sick pay

EDF Energy strike victory against vehicle tracker device

Sheffield tram workers strike for 72 hours


Trump protests

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School students: why we walked out against Trump

Protesting Trump's visit - action around the country


Nationalisation

The case for socialist nationalisation


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Kentish Road victory: Respite centre saved by determined campaign

Tories' LGBT Action Plan: 'A cynical ploy with no solutions'

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10,000 at Northern Pride

Durham Miners' Gala 2018

Obituary: Ged Travers 1957-2018


Environment

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triangleStonewall riots' legacy shows need for socialist struggle to win LGBT+ liberation

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triangleLinking LGBT+ rights to the fight for socialism

Trans:

triangleUnited working-class struggle needed to fight for trans and women's rights

triangleLiberation struggle is class struggle: the fight for Trans Equality

triangleNottinghamshire Pride makes history

triangleLeeds holds vigil in solidarity with Orlando LGBT massacre

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triangleBristol South Socialist Party: Is the state neutral in society?

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: The economic and political consequences of a no deal Brexit

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: Corbyn's programme of public ownership and the Socialist Party's view

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triangleHackney Socialist Party: Fighting for Corbyn's manifesto and more!

triangleHackney Socialist Party: How would socialist nationalisation work?

LGBT:

triangleBristol Socialist Party: Defend LGBT+ rights

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