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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 May 2019

Birmingham Pride - revitalising political struggle

Socialist Party members at Birmingham Pride 2019

Socialist Party members at Birmingham Pride 2019   (Click to enlarge)

Corinthia Ward, North Birmingham Socialist Party

Birmingham Socialist Party members joined the thousands of people taking part in this year's Birmingham Pride parade.

Pride - an event which originates from the 1969 Stonewall Riots against police attacks - has a rich political history against oppression of LGBTQ+ people.

However, you would not know this by looking at the groups in this year's parade. From TSB bank to Cadbury and private solicitor firms giving away free goodies, and the fact that the cost of the evening events go up to 70 a ticket!

Despite trade union blocs being present they were towards the back of the parade after the corporations and even the West Midlands Police.

Socialist Party members tried to bring politics to the event, linking the needs of LGBTQ+ people to the austerity attacks by the Tories and local councils on public services.

We raised the demands for affordable, council housing and a fully funded NHS with access to adequate mental health services.

Over 1,000 leaflets were handed out - being snatched out of our hands as it was the only political material being given out on the day! Many, especially young people, engaged with us about the effect of cuts on not only fellow LGBTQ+ people, but also on the wider community they live in.

This shows that people are eager to see Pride as more than just a rainbow celebration of being LGBTQ+.

Pride should be used to fight back against oppression and as a platform to promote socialist policies.

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In The Socialist 29 May 2019:


EU elections

Tories smashed in Euros - Now get them out

Euro elections 2019 - Across Europe

Euro-elections in Scotland and Wales


International socialist news and analysis

India: Modi victory - Socialist fightback needed


Climate change

The Green New Deal we need is socialism

Climate change strikes continue to resonate


Socialist Party news and analysis

Blistering UN report condemns Tory austerity - workers' action can end it

Them & us


Workplace news and analysis

Save steel jobs: Demand socialist nationalisation

PCS conference: defeats for union officialdom and steps taken to rebuild a fighting left opposition

Determined Sellafield nuclear workers' industrial action continues

Kirkby factory workers walk out over unfair dismissal

Wales train fleet workers to strike against transfer to private company


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Trump out - Tories out!

Fight the far-right - fight for socialist policies

Teignmouth: hands off our community hospital!

Birmingham Pride - revitalising political struggle


Opinion

The unheard voices of Gosport

Obituary: Pauline Dunlop (1947-2019)

Obituary: John Boots (1942-2019)


 

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triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: What would a socialist economy look like?

triangleBirmingham Socialist Party: The origins of International Women's Day

triangleCouncil cuts could cost Labour another general election

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trianglePriced out of Pride

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

triangleDiscussion and debate at Leeds Trans Pride

triangleLinking LGBT+ rights to the fight for socialism

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triangleUS: "We've had to build a huge culture of resistance"

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