LGBTQ

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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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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