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NUS, take responsibility!

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Kate Harris

In a blog published on 25 February, one of the National Union of Students’ national LGBT officers, Fran Cowling, finally responded to press coverage of their “no-platforming” of Peter Tatchell. It’s a confusing read, to say the least.

In a blog published on 25 February, one of the National Union of Students’ national LGBT officers, Fran Cowling, finally responded to press coverage of their “no-platforming” of Peter Tatchell. It’s a confusing read, to say the least.

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Peter Tatchell is not a racist or a transphobe

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Cathy Nugent

Veteran LGBT and socialist activist Peter Tatchell is no racist or transphobe, and we should defend him against those charges.

His alleged racism and transphobia were the grounds on which an NUS LGBT officer refused to share a platform with him at the “re-radicalising queers” event at Canterbury Christ Church University on 15 February.

The controversy between Peter Tatchell and the NUS LGBT campaign.

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An awe-inspiring, real-life hero

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Kelly Rogers

The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener, offers an emotional and inspiring depiction of a trans woman's struggle to claim her identity in the early 20th century.

The film follows the real-life story of Lili Elbe, a trans artist and one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Born Einar Wegener in Denmark in 1882, she became a successful landscape painter under this name.

A reviews of The Danish Girl.

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Greek "communists" oppose civil partnership law

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Theodora Polenta

“Is sex dirty? Only when it's being done right”, Woody Allen

On Tuesday 22 December, the Greek Parliament ratified the Civil Union Agreement for Same-Sex Couples. The new legal framework for co-habiting couples is also a limited step (forward towards the abolition of discrimination for the LGBTQI community.

Greek civil partnership law passes, opposed by the church and the KKE

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Germaine Greer, student politics and the left

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Louise O’Shea

To a casual observer, it might seem incongruous that a campaign to prevent a prominent second wave feminist speaking on a university campus would be led by the women’s officer of the student union. But this is typical of the world we live in, and of student politics in the English-speaking world in particular.

It might seem incongruous that a campaign to prevent a prominent second wave feminist speaking on a university campus would be led by the women’s officer of the student union. But this is typical of the world we live in, and of student politics in the English-speaking world in particular.

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Greer, “no-platforming” and trans-inclusive feminism

Students at Cardiff University recently started a petition demanding that Germaine Greer be banned from speaking at the university.

Students at Cardiff University recently started a petition demanding that Germaine Greer be banned from speaking at the university.

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Glasgow Free Pride retracts ban on drag performers

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Kate Harris

“Free Pride” is an event being organised by LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual, other) people in Glasgow in response to the commercialisation of the Pride Glasgow.

It is a two day “festival” and ticketed event, with prices from £8 for a day ticket to £55 for a “VIP” pass —with separate toilets and bars for those who can afford this price tag! Worse, Pride Glasgow has a vomit-inducing “happiness” theme with the Twitter hashtag (of course there’s a hashtag) #behappy.

“Free Pride” is an event being organised by LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual, other) people in Glasgow in response to the commercialisation of the Pride Glasgow.

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The queer future: workers' rights or corporate power?

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Maria Exall

In many ways sexuality and gender identity politics has come of age. Instead of the focus on broad-based political demands for equal rights that were necessary over the past decades, when there was legal discrimination and the majority of the population expressed prejudice, there is now a political imperative to draw sharp dividing lines between the interests of pink capitalists and those of LGBTQ workers.

There is now a political imperative to draw sharp dividing lines between the interests of pink capitalists and those of LGBTQ workers.

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Pride 2015: Pro-migrant, class struggle block

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Gemma Short

Workers' Liberty members joined NCAFC LGBTQ+ and LGSM on the trade union section of pride this year. We shouted slogans about migrant rights, joining a union, and calling on Pride to be anti-austerity.

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Workers' Liberty members joined NCAFC LGBTQ+ and LGSM on the trade union section of pride this year.

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US Court rules against state bans on same-sex marriage

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Ann Coleman, Alan Maass and Nicole Colson

US socialists Ann Coleman, Alan Maass and Nicole Colson report on the US Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage. This article was taken from the International Socialist Organization publication website socialistworker.org (no connection to British SWP). The authors welcome the ruling, seeing it as a culmination of many struggles for equality. Some socialists and LGBT activists in US, as in the UK, question the institution of marriage. We invite debate on this question.

US socialists report on US Supreme Court ruling.

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