LGBTQ

Changing attitudes, changing the world

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Peter Tatchell

The 1967 Sexual Offences Act (which partially decriminalised sex between men in private) was a very partial limited reform but nevertheless progress all the same. However, many Labour MPs opposed that legislation and as far as I know no trade unions supported it.

Peter Tatchell spoke at Workers’ Liberty’s Ideas for Freedom event about the struggle to win the labour movement to recognition of LGBT rights.

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Orlando: we will not be silenced

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Gemma Short
On Sunday 12 June, 49 people were murdered in an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the largest mass shooting in US history.

On Sunday 12 June, 49 people were murdered in an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the largest mass shooting in US history.

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The state and Pride

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Elizabeth Butterworth

The LGBT+ movement has made enormous strides in Britain in the last thirty years. It’s a huge achievement for us and I don’t wish to downplay the massive change in social attitudes and laws that our comrades have fought for and won. Having said that, it seems that we have an increasingly short memory about how we got here and who our friends are.

It was only thirty years ago or so that the police who now march in full uniform at Pride were beating us up, using laws that criminalised us to intimidate and crush us. We won against them with the spirit of solidarity. But their fundamental role in society and the state hasn’t changed.

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The most homophobic election ever

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Peter Tatchell

I was the left-wing pro-LGBT rights Labour candidate.

Described by many commentators as the dirtiest, most violent and homophobic by-election in modern British history, I went down to a crushing defeat at the hands of the Liberal candidate, Simon Hughes.

At Ideas for Freedom, 7-10 July, Peter Tatchell will speak on the struggle for LGBT rights in the labour movement. Peter Tatchell was the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for the Bermondsey by-election in 1983.

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Challenge trans-exclusion through debate

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Elizabeth Butterworth

The Morning Star has come under fire for publishing two articles written by “trans-critical” / trans-exclusionary feminists.

We still have a long way to go in understanding gender, sex and class, and how we can overcome the oppression of women. The ideas need to be hashed out and trans-exclusionary thinking should be robustly challenged through debate.

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Islamist terror hits Bangladesh

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Gerry Bates

On 25 April Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s first magazine for lesbian gay and transgender people, was hacked to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital. Homosexuality is illegal in Bangladesh.

On 25 April Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s first magazine for lesbian gay and transgender people, was hacked to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.

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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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