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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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In The Socialist 25 July 2018:


What we think

Corbyn and unions must act to bring down government in crisis


News

New health secretary, same privatisation agenda

Fight the racist far right

Universal credit causes £24m rent arrears

Dodgy MP lobbied for genocidal Sri Lankan leader

Them & Us


Workplace

PCS members back fightback on pay - keep building pressure

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

250,000-strong human tide sweeps London against visit of bigoted billionaire Donald Trump

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'

Fighting for trans rights at Bristol pride

10,000 at Northern Pride

Durham Miners' Gala 2018

Obituary: Ged Travers 1957-2018


Environment

Plastic waste - capitalism's Frankenstein monster


 

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triangleNottingham trans rights protest: Our demands are the same as everyone's

triangleTrans rights protests oppose Tory backsliding

triangleYes to self-identity

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triangleBristol North Socialist Party: What happens after a crisis 2 - The Planned Economy

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