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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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300 Ukrainian LGBT activists march and defy far-right's threats

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Dale Street
LGBT activists March for Equality in Kiev in face of vile hate campaign.

300 LGBT activists and their supporters took part in a March for Equality in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last Saturday (6th June) despite threats by the ‘Right Sector’ organisation to drive them off the streets.

It was the fourth attempt in successive years to stage such a demonstration.

The 2012 March for Equality was abandoned when 3,000 protestors turned up to prevent it from going ahead. (Ukraine was one of the first post-Soviet countries to decriminalise homosexuality, in 1991. But popular anti-LGBT prejudices remain widespread.)

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LGSM told they can’t march with the unions at Pride

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Gerry Bates

The final London Open Meeting for the organisation of this year’s Pride march (Saturday 27 June) discussed the decision to separate the trade union block from Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM).

LGSM, following on from the popularity of the film Pride, has been given a position at the front of the march. But the trade unions are in Block C of the march (i.e. at the back), and way behind the prime sponsors of Pride, Barclays, Starbucks and Citi Group. Yet the TUC has also been a big sponsor of Pride, donating up to £400,000 over the years.

The final London Open Meeting for the organisation of this year’s Pride march (Saturday 27 June) discussed the decision to separate the trade union block from Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners.

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Hold them to account!

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Cathy Nugent

Omar Raii’s article about free speech on University campuses (Solidarity 354) was written before a recent public exchange of letters over the issue.

A number of academics and activists like Peter Tatchell signed a letter condemning what they called the “intimidation” of comedian Kate Smurthwaite (she had a gig at Goldsmiths University cancelled) and the attempt last month, to get the Cambridge Union (CU) to withdraw an speaking invitation to Germaine Greer (Greer has long been anti-trans). A letter signed by activists, answered the condemnation, to set the record straight.

Not inviting, withdrawing invitations in favour of doing something different, organising alternative events, turning up to leaflet is not “no-platforming”.

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Pragna Patel and Yemisi Ilesanmi speak on secularism, religious fundamentalism, feminism, and human rights

Pragna Patel, of Southall Black Sisters, and Yemisi Ilesanmi, Nigerian socialist and LGBT rights activist spoke at a Workers' Liberty London Forum on secularism and religious fundamentalism on Thursday 12 February.

Here are recordings of their speeches (unfortunately the recording of Yemisi's speech was cut short):

Speeches from the February 2014 Workers' Liberty London Forum.

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No safe place to go: the plight of Ugandan LGBT refugees

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Paul Penny

32 Ugandan gay men, refugees in Kenya, were arrested in Nairobi on 8 February, were held in a cell at Kabiria Satelite Police Station until being eventually releaed at 7pm on Monday 10 February, after negotiations with lawyers working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

LGBT people fleeing from Uganda face police harassment in Kenya.

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Homophobia and resurgent Russian nationalism

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Dale Street

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased as much as tenfold since the Russian Duma voted in June of 2013 to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

A recent Human Rights Watch report documented physical attacks, abductions, aggressive harassment and verbal abuse of LGBT people and activists in 16 Russian cities. LGBT employees working with children were routinely sacked from their jobs if their sexual orientation became known.

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased tenfold since the Duma voted last year to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

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UKIP reveals its bigotry

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Kate Harris

The former deputy leader of UKIP, Lord Christopher Monckton, has said that gay men have “20,000 sexual partners” and “lead miserable lives”.

While he is obviously a total clown, he is also a hereditary peer and used to advise Margaret Thatcher. It is worrying that someone who still has some power, and used to have a lot, would say such blatantly absurd garbage about LGBTQ people.

The former deputy leader of UKIP, Lord Christopher Monckton, has said that gay men have “20,000 sexual partners” and “lead miserable lives”.

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Tribute to Alan Turing

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Omar Raii

Films about scientists are a rare occurrence and films about mathematicians are even rarer; it’s not hard to see why.

For every Good Will Hunting, there are many more films that are quite unbearable to view, such as the vastly overrated A Beautiful Mind about the life of John Nash. But the Imitation Game is a surprisingly well-made take on the life of the father of computer science, Alan Turing.

A review of The Imitation Game, a new film about Alan Turing.

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