LGBTQ

Chicago dyke march kicks out LGBTQ Jews

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Elizabeth Butterworth

On 24 June, a group of LGBTQ Jews were asked to leave Chicago’s annual Dyke March. The group, including Laurel Grauer from A Wider Bridge (an NGO that links with LGBTQ organisations in Israel), were approached by a group of activists asking about their intentions in carrying Pride flags with a Star of David imposed on a rainbow.

LGBTQ Jews face discrimination from their own community and wider society, and about Israel.

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PCS conference votes to back freedom of movement

A report of PCS conference by a delegate.

PCS, the civil service union, held it′s national conference in Brighton 23-25 May.

Workers’ Liberty supporters, organised as part of the left-opposition faction, "Independent Left" within the union were delegates. Going into conference with victories in the NEC and Bargaining Group Executive elections.

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Manning finally free

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Simon Nelson

Chelsea Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth, the maximum security prison on 18 May, after seven years of harassment, brutality and enforced solitary confinement.

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 for leaking classified wire cables and military records to WikiLeaks. At the time she was a military intelligence analyst and for slightly bizarre reasons will remain classified as a member of the military for a period after her release.

Chelsea Manning’s crime was only to expose the inner workings of US imperialism where, through both its diplomatic relations and areas of its military manoeuvres, civilian life is treated purely as “collateral damage”.

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International pressure fails to halt Chechen tortures

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Mike Zubrowski

Despite international pressure, the detention and torture of suspected gay men by the Chechen government since late March has continued, and more secret concentration-camp style prisons have been discovered.

Russian LGBT activists are helping to evacuate and assist those persecuted in Chechnya. To tackle the root of the problem requires ending the pervasive homophobia in Chechen society and the authoritarianism of the Chechen state.

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Chechnya: stop anti-gay state killings

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Mike Zubrowski

Over 100 men suspected of being gay have been rounded up and detained by the Chechen authorities, with many tortured and some killed.

Chechnya has an authoritarian and extremely repressive state presiding over a deeply homophobic society, but this development is shocking even in this context. Some of the suspected gay men were killed in violent raids, whilst others have been kept in secret “concentration-camp style” prisons, where many have been subjected to electric shocks and violent abuse, with some beaten to death.

The conservatism and homophobia in Chechnyan society is linked both to nationalism and to traditional and political Islam.

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Homophobia and Wallasey CLP

This is a summary of the AWL's view on what is going on.

Homophobia should be driven out of the labour movement. Serious charges of homophobia should be investigated, and disciplinary action taken if they are substantiated.

However, in Wallasey no precise charge has been lodged.

A summary of the AWL's view on the controversy around Wallasey CLP.

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US radical feminists team up with fundamentalist bigots

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Claudia Raven

The US radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WOLF) have teamed up with the Family Policy Alliance, a section of Focus on the Family, to fight against a federal protection for transgender people in the education system.

Trans-exclusionary radical feminists prioritise the exclusion of trans women over the breakdown of gender norms.

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Russian Parliament sanctions domestic violence

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Ann Field

10,000 women in Russia die of domestic violence every year. 40% of all serious violent crime in Russia and over 25% of murders take place in the home. Around 36,000 women are victims of domestic violence every day, and so too are 26,000 children.

These are the official statistics. The real statistics will be far higher. Many women do not report incidents of domestic violence, either for fear of repercussions from their husband or partner, or because complaints are often ignored by the police.

New law decriminalises "modest" violence on the grounds of protecting the "traditional family".

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Alt-right threat opposed at Berkeley

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Simon Nelson

Milo Yiannopoulos is an editor at Breitbart, a news site of the so-called alt-right. He is a self-described “super villain”, a viciously right-wing internet troll who publicly attacks women, black people, Muslims, immigrants. Unsurprisingly he is a great supporter of Donald Trump. So bad is he, he is permanently banned from Twitter.

The alt-right have gone into online overdrive, attacking their opponents for being unable to handle opposing views, calling “liberals” illiberal etc. But in the age of social media, this is not so much a free speech restriction as a question of access to certain platforms.

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LGBT rights: Corbyn’s critics are wrong

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Elizabeth Butterworth

At a recent LGBT History Month event, Jeremy Corbyn said that “Our defence of you is a defence of all of humanity and the right of people to practise the life they want to practise, rather than be criminalised, brutalised and murdered, simply because they chose to be gay, they chose to be lesbian, they were LGBT in any form.”

Critics have said that saying people “choose” to be gay or lesbian plays into the hands of the peddlers of “conversion therapies”. Surely, though, this only works if conversion therapy, and therefore straightness, is seen as something desirable and preferable to being LGB+.

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