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Tackling rugby club sexism

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Beth Redmond

The men’s rugby club at the London School of Economics has been disbanded, after circulating a sexist, classist and homophobic leaflet at this year’s freshers fair.

The text of the leaflet mocks students at “poly” universities, describes women as “mingers” and “trollops” and says that the club will not tolerate “outright homosexual debauchery”. But this is not the first time the team has ran into trouble with the students’ union over offensive behaviour.

The men’s rugby club at the London School of Economics has been disbanded, after circulating a sexist, classist and homophobic leaflet at this year’s freshers fair.

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Pride! The power of solidarity

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Karina Knight

The writer, Stephen Beresford, first heard the story of LGSM from a friend. He told a pre-screening audience that it inspired him greatly — the film is clearly a work of care and love. The characters are the real members of LGSM. Mike Jackson and others input into the writing and production, infusing the personalities, lives and experiences of the LGSM activists.

A review of Pride, a film telling the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in the 1984-85 strike.

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Do your best to change the world

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Camila Bassi

Have you ever walked down a street, seen a stranger looking depressed, and felt a painful tug of the heart?

Have you ever read or watched the news and recognised a truth to the world, that it is founded on inequality and injustice and breeds unnecessary human suffering, and not been able to turn away then and thereafter? For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this. I’ve had empathy, connection, insight, and yearning for change. Indeed, what else is there to making a socialist? Perhaps, our own biographies.

Socialists and the fight against racism, sexism and homophobia.

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Religion, LGBT rights and military regimes

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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.

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Homophobia: a colonial legacy

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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.

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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

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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