LGBTQ

Religion, LGBT rights and military regimes

Author: 

Kate Harris interviews Yemisi Ilesanmi

How did you get to where you are today as an LGBT activist and out bisexual woman?
It has been an interesting, tasking, journey towards self-awareness. It is also a journey that has involved studying society and finding my place in it. It is a continuous journey and one where I have to constantly remind myself that I have a right to be who I am in a world that is desperate to make me into what they would rather I be.

Yemisi Ilesanmi is a Nigerian campaigner for LGBT rights and author of the book Freedom to Love for All: Homosexuality is not un-African.

Publications: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Homophobia: a colonial legacy

Author: 

Kate Harris

As the Commonwealth Games gets underway in Glasgow, various LGBTI rights groups have been raising awareness about the oppression of LGBTI people in the countries taking part.

In 42 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries, same-sex relationships are a crime. In northern Nigeria, some states have the death penalty. The Commonwealth Charter does not mention LGBTI rights.

As the Commonwealth Games gets underway in Glasgow, various LGBTI rights groups have been raising awareness about the oppression of LGBTI people in the countries taking part.

Marxist Theory and History: 

Culture and Reviews: 

Around the world: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

Survey: education, diary of a tubeworker & labour news

Student debt explodes: HE, FE (Rosie Woods, Ed Whitby)
Out Proud and Organising (Rosie Woods)
Diary of a tubeworker: Phew, what a sell out!
Troops used against firefighters dispute (Chris Jones)

The Monthly Survey, Sept 1995

Issues and Campaigns: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Kuchuz Day

“I’ve been attacked by homophobes” was the shocking Facebook message from H, a young gay Ugandan man as he lay hospitalised on a bed.

H’s friends urgently contacted the local LGBT security team for help, as they were concerned for H’s safety when he returned home, and worried about his medical bills. The security team promised assistance, but for reasons unknown the assistance never came. H and his friends felt incredibly let down.

On 28 June, as Pride was taking place across the world, almost 100 “Kuchu” came together on a beach on the banks of Lake Victoria to celebrate LGBT solidarity.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

“Human liberation is too important to leave to chance”

When I was growing up, I remember being really confused about why some people had loads and other people didn’t.

It seemed really unfair that I was well fed, clothed and schooled while other children didn’t go to school, or had to work, or went to bed hungry.

A workers’ revolution in Britain is a distant prospect — but we have to take advantage of flashpoints of struggle and exploit the bosses’ weaknesses wherever we can. There’s a huge amount of work to be done in order to prepare ourselves for class war.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Bring back Pride's radical roots!

As Pride season kicks off, it looks like the majority of festivities will be more establishment-focused than ever.

As Pride season kicks off, it looks like the majority of festivities will be more establishment-focused than ever.

Part of London Pride (28 June) will continue to the Cenotaph for Armed Forces Day and the police will be a prominent part of the parade.

Our movement seems to have a very short memory. Our acceptance as LGBT+ people into institutions has been very, very recent and is also not consistent or inclusive of all of us.

Publications: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Solidarity Sounds: an evening of music and spoken-word in support of Rainbow International

Date: 

30 July, 2014 - 18:30 to 21:30

Location: 

Union Chapel (Upper Hall), Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD

Description: 

Tickets will be £10/£6 (waged/unwaged) on the door

Featuring:

The Ruby Kid
Hailing from Nottingham (via Sheffield, and with roots in New York), The Ruby Kid is a spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist based in East London. He cites the US indie rap of Aesop Rock, WHY?, and Cannibal Ox as his key musical influences, and co-runs the monthly performance showcase "Out-Spoken" at The Forge in Camden.
The Ruby Kid's website

Elia Rulli
Elia combines funk, soul, and electro to create sound lauded as "extraordinary" by BBC 6's Tom Robinson. Whether appearing with his band The Low Tears, or performing stripped-down solo sets, Elia's music has what Attitude has called "the wit of Wilde [and] the voice of Wonder".
Elia's website

Nyakio Kung’u
Nyakio is a singer/songwriter from Kenya with a unique and fresh afro-soul sound. Her music speaks from the African and European cultures that she comes from, connecting humanity to the greatness that we all have inside of us.
Nyakio's website

+ more acts to be announced!

The gig will raise funds and awareness for Rainbow International, an activist collective set up to raise funds and support for LGBT+ struggles around the world. For more info, see here.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Culture and Reviews: 

Fighting for LGBT rights worldwide

In many countries across the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are recurrently subjected to targeted killings, violent assaults, torture, and sexual violence.

In many countries across the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are recurrently subjected to targeted killings, violent assaults, torture, and sexual violence.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

LGBT protest demands release of prisoners

On Wednesday 7 May, around 50 LGBT campaigners organised a protest at the President of Uganda’s visit to the UK. President Yoweri Museveni was being welcomed by government officials as part of a Ugandan business forum, and was giving a speech near Westminster.

A number of groups, including Out and Proud Diamond, an African LGBTI group, Stop AIDS, and the Peter Tatchell Foundation were present for the protest. Unions also sent delegations, most visibly the RMT.

LGBT campaigners organised a protest at the President of Uganda’s visit to the UK.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Pages